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Fresh Fighting Rocks South Sudan Oil States

Rebel fighters hold up their rifles as they walk in front of a bushfire in a rebel controlled territory in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, Feb. 13, 2014.
Rebel fighters hold up their rifles as they walk in front of a bushfire in a rebel controlled territory in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, Feb. 13, 2014.
Philip Aleu

South Sudanese army and opposition officials accused each other of violating a ceasefire agreement signed six months ago as fresh fighting broke out Friday in the two oil-producing states of Unity and Upper Nile.

Army spokesman Philip Aguer said government forces were still "committed to the ceasefire" but were forced to retaliate after coming under attack in Unity state.

He said the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) was continuing to monitor opposition forces, who were reportedly moving closer to the town of Ayod, in preparation for another attack.

Aguer also said militia groups are crossing into South Sudan from Sudan to join the rebel forces in Unity and Upper Nile states. 

"SPLA will continue monitoring them. We will never move out of our bases but we will teach them lessons while they continue to attack SPLA," Aguer said.

Opposition accuses SPLA

Opposition military spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang, said the SPLA started the fighting by attacking rebel bases in Unity and Upper Nile states.

"Today in the morning, some government troops in two locations in Unity state, went to Guet County, east of Bentiu town," Koang said.

"They left their vehicles on the main road, went on foot to the nearby villages and started attacking our positions. They did the same in a place called Parkuil, in Mayom County. The government is entirely responsible for those attacks... they launched unprovoked attacks on our positions," he said.

The fresh fighting came as the European Union imposed sanctions on rebel militia leader Peter Gadet and SPLA commander Santino Deng. Both men led forces involved in fighting in Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, months after the warring sides signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in January.

The EU warned that it will impose more sanctions on South Sudanese officials if the two sides do not resume peace talks soon and make a real effort to end seven months of fighting.

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by: James Choch from: USA
July 14, 2014 5:27 PM
We all southerners we needs peace among us. We have been suffering for so long. Let us come to the table and solves our problems as brothers in Christ name.


by: Justin from: Kolonyang bor
July 13, 2014 3:25 PM
Dear government for how long do you want us to suffer we are shading tears on daily bases please get solutions we are tired of war settle us please


by: monjang from: USA
July 13, 2014 7:56 AM
If they (warring parties) cann't feed the iDPs within south sudan and they cann't bring the lasting solution to conflict.

Then why do they waste lives and resources of the inocents south sudanese people namely children , women, disables and elders why? Why? And why?


by: Kuch from: Bor
July 12, 2014 12:37 PM
I would be damned if the juus would be allowed to stalked other peoples' countries like Israelites,in their own country. No one wants english people in the Niliotics S Sudan; the want war that these criminals wan has come.

The juus want wars, and they will be shown their right places. The War that Europeans, the americans and their evil juus would want to play their usual English games; but it will not worked.

The English people and their evil juus are not in anyway wanted in South Sudan. English people are have never been loved in South Sudan.

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