South Sudan

Constant Rebel Attacks Turn Leer Ghost Town


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The State Security Advisor, John Malok, has remarked that the rebels have severally attacked the state destroying property and displacing masses of people living within.

“The rebels attacked our forces that were in Leer. Now they attacked our forces again. Three times actually in Leer,” said Malok.

Malok added that the rebels’ constant attacks within a period of one month have forced the civilian population run to the bush or outlying villages which are beyond the control of government forces.

“We were attacked by rebels two weeks ago, then again five days ago, then again more recently,” noted Maloka not specifying the specific timing of the attack.

“In the rest of the state security is fine, there is no problem,” he said, also affirming that the Bentiu-Leer road was still open.

Leer town was mostly destroyed during a government offensive in late January which officials claim that the destruction occurred before their forces arrived in the area.

Despite the negotiation campaign which culminated into a ceasefire agreement, between the rebel group led by Dr Riek Marchar which are spearheaded by IGAD, several attacks have continued in the youngest nation of South Sudan.

People have continued to flee for their lives in several states and towns were the Upper Nile state has been more prone to the rebel attacks since the launch of their campaign to over throw the government of President Salva Kiir.

Credit: Radio Tamazuj


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