UPDF war planes plaster Machar bases with bombs

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South Sudan rebels accuse UPDF airforce of attacking their positions

South Sudanese armed opposition has accused Ugandan airforce of attacking its camps in Maiwut and Pagak strongholds.

Brig. General William Gatjiath Deng, the Spokesperson for SPLA-IO Pagak General Headquarters, said the incident happened at the close of the week when two Ugandan gunships accompanied by another white (MI) Helicopter that bears a United Nations [UN] flag bombarded their positions.

“The two military gunships started bombardment on the SPLA-IO position at Thocdeng. The SPLA-IO artilleries unit had excessively retaliated the air attack with (Zuu -23) until the (2) gunships went and bombarded randomly on the surrounding villages at Thocdeng. All in all, nobody killed during the air attack.”

Gatjiath said SPLA-IO forces of division five (5) under Cdr. Major General Khor Chuol Giet and the Tiger battalions at the GHQs under Cdr. Brigadier General Daniel Gatbel Kuach took an assault to the enemy base after the bombardment that later left thirty seven (37) government soldiers dead and captured good number of light guns on the raid.

“It is clear to the UN, AU, Troika and indeed, International community that Juba and Uganda orchestrated the plan to launch attack on Maiwut and Pagak GHQs,” Gatjiath said in a press statement.

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“Moreover, the brave SPLA-IO forces of division five (5) and Tiger battalions managed to protect civilians in the area.”

He said therefore, the already stranded troops of Salva Kiir would neither step foot on Maiwut nor Pagak GHQs.

“Hence, the brave SPLA-IO fighters bow to protect their strongholds. We repeatedly keep informing the UN, AU, Troika and indeed International community to witness the ongoing belligerent triggered by the two notorious presidents against resuscitation of 2015 peace process in the war torn nation.”

The rebel official called on the United Nations, African Union, and Troika countries to condemn Juba and Uganda over such attacks, which violates the unilateral ceasefire President Salva Kiir declared.

The airstrikes came at a time President Kiir and widow to South Sudan founder, Rebecca Garang, met President Yoweri Museveni in an attempt to re-unite the various factions of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party.

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