15 August 2014

South Sudan: S. Sudan Army Repulses "Heavy" Rebel Attack in Jonglei

Photo: Human Rigths Watch
A home burns in Malakal, South Sudan

Bor — South Sudanese army (SPLA) on Friday repulsed what officials described as a "heavy attack" in Jonglei state's Ayod county, with the numbers of causalities involved still unknown.

Ayod county commissioner, Michael Buoth Malual accused the rebels of violating the cessation of hostilities agreement thus interfering with the on-going peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"At the moment as you know, peace negotiations are going on in Addis Ababa. Our position as government is that we are committed to peace. This has made us to be on a defensive position as rebels violated the peace talks," Malual told Sudan Tribune by phone.

"The rebels should abide by the talks in Addis Ababa," he added.

His Duk county counterpart, Mocnom Wuor said the rebels twice attacked Ayod on Friday, before they were repulsed by pro-government army.

"They attacked Ayod two times today [Friday] but they were pushed back by our army. What we don't know now is the number of people killed or injured", the commissioner said by phone from Panyagor.

In a separate incident, Wuor said, armed Duk youth intercepted a group of rebels who allegedly attempted to confiscate SPLA communication equipments at an army base in Kuach-deng.

"No physical engagement took place between the two groups as they rebels never crossed the border where youth of Duk had laid an ambush," said Wour.

Both warring factions have traded accusations with each blaming the other of violating a ceasefire deal agreed upon in January and recommitted to in May.

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