South Sudan

Massive Shelling As Rebels Attack SPLA In Malakal

medicine geneva; color: #292f33; background-color: #f5f8fa; font-size: small;”>According to Col Philip Aguer, pilule prostate geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>SPLA spokesperson, rebels shelled SPLA positions this morning outside Malakal, a provocation that government troops “will not tolerate”.

Aguer further explains that rebels launched a heavy artillery attack on Doleib south of Malakal which is currently under the control of government troops.

“The rebels attacked government positions near Malakal using artillery at 10am. SPLA returned fire in self-defence and will not tolerate further violations,” Aguer was quoted as saying.

He threatened to launch a full scale attack if rebels dare prove them again.

Earlier, SPLA overrun Bentiu, the capital of Unity State claiming to had acted in self-defence.


It was reported that the rebels wanted to snatch SPLA supplies at Rubkhona Airport “but we defeated them and chased them and they ran away from Bentiu”.

The rebel spokesperson, Brig Gen Lul Koang, told Chimpreports that the attack and final taking of Bentiu was deliberate and well planned hence accusing SPLA of breaching the ceasefire.

President Salva Kiir recently said in a social media message that he had prohibited his forces from attacking rebels but to only act in self-defence.

His rival and former vice-president, Riek Machar, lodged a complaint with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) following the incident.

Now with the rebels attacking SPLA, Kiir will soon be lodging his own compliant, according to analysts.

Yet, Kiir and Machar are expected to meet again in Ethiopia next month for assessment as far as the ceasefire is concerned.

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