South Sudan

EXCLUSIVE: SPLA Defeat Rebels in Nasir Battle As Fighting Worsens


online sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Officials told Chimpreports that the rebels started shelling Nasir at around 9:00 PM on Saturday. sildenafil sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>At 5 AM on Sunday, they launched a ground assault in two directions.

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The rebel spokesperson Brig Lul Koang had earlier said the “Gallant SPLA Forces under overall command of Military Governor for Upper Nile State & Front Commander, Maj. Gen. GathothGatkuoth at dawn liberated Nasir town (Kuany-Lual-Thoan) from anti-Federalism Forces and proposed 21 States of the new Federal Democratic Republic of South Sudan.”

He further said “the liberation of Nasir came about after repeated futile attempts made by Kiir’s forces to arrest Gen. Gathoth at his twin bases in Maan-Deng and Jigmir. In the last three days, our resistance forces have been fighting in self-defense in order to protect and prevent unlawfully arrest of the top military commander. Today at dawn, Kiir’s forces were finally repulsed, pursued at neck-breaking speed and as result, Nasir was captured at 700am this morning.”

However, a top SPLA official on the frontline later said, “The rebels who attacked the SPLA Headquarters at Torjuoch were completely wiped out. The SPLA forces managed to kill 750 of them.”

“The group that attacked the Airport and Commissioner’s office resisted for hours. However, the SPLA forces defeated them at 12:30 PM. At the Airport, around 230 rebels were found dead.”

The Government of South Sudan condemned renegade Garhoth Gatkuoth and Duer Tut Duir for mobilizing what it described as “kids” to fight the government.

“Thousands of Jikany youth died today in Nasir town for nothing. Jikany community must condemn Riek Machar for killing their kids. I want to inform the media and the people of South Sudan that the rebel-terrorists of Riek Machar violated the Ceasefire Agreement signed in Addis Ababa and attacked Nasir town,” said a commander on the battlefield.


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