Rebel accuse government of ceasefire violation near Wau hours after ceasefire commenced

Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, SPLA-IO deputy spokesman (photo courtesy)
Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, SPLA-IO deputy spokesman (photo courtesy)

June 30th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s main armed opposition movement under the leadership of the country’s former First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon said in a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia this afternoon that they have been attacked by government troops who they said collaborated with foreign allies.

“This morning at about 7:00AM, the regime’s forces in coordination with JEM militias launched a heavy joint attack against the SPLA IO position in Mboro, Wau. The aggressors came from Wau and Aweil on 14 Land cruisers, 3 Woral trucks and 4 APCs. This happened just hours after the ceasefire takes effect,” the statement signed by the group’s deputy military spokesman Col. Lam Paul Gabriel said.

The statement pointed out that the fighting was still ongoing as he was writing the statement saying the government had attacked them in different fronts in unity region.

“Yesterday the 29/06/2018, the regime’s forces came out from Leer and attacked Rubkuay; their plan proceed to Koch County where they want to control koch border through Thaker Payam,” the statement claimed.

The statement said the coordinated attacks were a provocation they said aimed at derailing the peace process.

The statement said the group calls upon the UNMISS and the CTSAMM to investigate the violations and bring culprits to book.

“The SPLA IO calls upon the UNMISS and CTSAMM to investigate these acts of violence as soon as possible. We reserve the right to self defence,” the statement further said.

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