South Sudan

Rebels Accept Losing Malakal to SPLA

troche sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to James Gatdet Dak, tadalafil the spokesperson for the rebel leader, Riek Machar, SPLA took control of the strategic town on Wednesday but “the rebel forces tactically withdrew a few kilometers outside Malakal”.

“Yes our forces have withdrawn from Malakal for tactical reasons. We will however retake the town soon. Our resistance forces are only a few kilometers outside Malakal,” Dak was quoted as saying.

According to Sudan Tribune, Gatdet reiterated accusations against the government for violating the cessation of hostilities agreement the two parties signed in Addis Ababa on January 23.

“What the government has done is in violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement. We suspect that Salva Kiir’s forces with their foreign allies wanted to retake control of the town before the next round of peace talks scheduled for Thursday, 20 March,” he further said.

He also challenged that the deployment of the IGAD forces being talked about on invitation of the government in Juba contributed to the violation as it gave “false” confidence to the government to continue charting the path of violence with the hope that it will continue to secure protection by the incoming regional troops whose deployments the rebels have rejected.


Earlier this week rebel officials reiterated their rejection for the deployment of IGAD troops which is accused of taking the side of the government.

Credit: Sudan Tribune

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