South Sudan

Rebels Admit Losing Ayod to SPLA

buy more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“Kiir’s troops entered Ayod on April 26, capsule and immediately started burning down all structures as well as launched indiscriminate shelling of surrounding villages killing yet to be established number of civilians,” he says in a statement.

He also accuses government soldiers of looting civilians’ properties.

“Taking of Ayod constitutes violation of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and comes on the eve of start of 3rd Round of Peace Talks in Addis Ababa.”

He further observes that they are fighting back in self defence and defence of civilians and their properties.

Mapel and Gerger events

Rebels also allege that government troops killed civilians in Mapel and Gerger.

“Government troops have killed in cold blood entire families of over 220 unarmed Nuer Officers, NCOs and Trainees whom they executed at Mapel Military Training Centre in Western Bahr El Ghazal State.”

He adds: “Still in Wau, Nuer students studying at Bahr El Ghazal University and other Nuer civilians say they had been denied access to UNMISS Camp after realising their lives were at risk after Mapel Massacre.”

One of the students, according to Gen Koang, said officers at a UNMISS base were instructed by Western Bahr El Ghazal State authorities “not to allow into UNMISS Camps South Sudanese nationals, especially Nuers saying they would grantee their security”.

Renk county events

Rebels further allege that on April 25, in Upper Nile State, government troops acting on orders of Brig. Gen. Guot Akuei, former Commissioner of Renk County, killed 300 Nuer civilians mostly women, children and the elderly at Gerger.

“This vulnerable group was trying to cross over to sisterly Republic of Sudan when they were ambushed and brutally murdered.”

Neither the government of South Sudan nor the SPLA Spokesperson, Col Philip Aguer, has confirmed, denied or commented on the allegations made by rebels.

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