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EXCLUSIVE: UPDF Warn Machar Rebels On Attacking Bor

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buy more about http://cerlalc.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/tiled-gallery.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The rebel’s spokesperson, price Gen Lul Koang told this website today that SPLA/SPLM Forces are now moving with “lightening speed” to Bor, a town currently held by a crack unit of the Uganda Special Forces.


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“SPLA/SPLM Forces under overall Command of Maj. Gen. Simon Gatwech Dual this morning liberated Mareng, Administrative HQs of Duk County along with several Government Military Outposts of Pajut, Duk Deng, Patuo-Noy and Poktap,” said Koang.


“Government forces are retreating towards Twic East County. Our Regular Forces and Volunteer Fighters from Lou-Nuer White Army conducted joint operations against government forces. The combined forces are moving with lightening speed in order to go and rescue survivors of Bor Massacre of last week,” he affirmed.


UPDF spokesperson Paddy Ankunda warned that rebels should attempt to strike Bor “at their own peril.”


“We are waiting for them. We have warned them that we are well prepared to receive them,” said Ankunda.


The reports come against the backdrop of intensified fighting between SPLA and rebels loyal to Machar.


The fall of Bor would provide rebels a highway to Juba, the political seat of President Salva Kiir’s government.


Sources said all the Special Forces units remain on high alert to respond to any attacks by the rebels – who last week swept through the oil town of Bentiu and others, leaving a trail of bloodshed and destruction of property.


The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) strongly condemned opposition forces for killing “hundreds of South Sudanese and foreign civilians” after determining their ethnicity or nationality when they captured Bentiu last week.


The killings included attacks on a hospital, mosque and church, and a UN World Food Programme (WFP) compound.


“These atrocities must be fully investigated and the perpetrators and their commanders shall be held accountable,” said the Officer in Charge of UNMISS, Raisedon Zenenga, who also urged the opposition Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces and the Government troops to respect the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement they signed in January.

UPDF guarding a UN compound in Bor, South Sudan

Rebels denied the massacre which has since shocked the world.


United States and UN have since warned rebels they would face war crimes charges at the International Criminal Court if they continued to pursue a military path in resolving their conflicts with Kiir.


US top envoy to United Nations, Samantha Power said all opposition forces “responsible for South Sudan horrors and deliberately targeting civilians must be held accountable.”

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