South Sudan accused by rebels of breaking ceasefire agreement
Newscast Media KHARTOUM—Rebels fighting the government of South Sudan have
accused Juba of breaking a ceasefire, just over a week after the government
agreement was reached between the two sides.
On Monday, the rebels accused the forces royal to South Sudanese President Salva
Kiir of destroying the town of Leer.
Rebel spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said government soldiers and fighters
allied with them “advanced on Leer town on February 1, destroying
everything on their path. (President Salva) Kiir’s forces burned down the
whole of Leer town and the entire surrounding villages.”
The rebel spokesman also held soldiers responsible for killing women, children, and
elderly people, saying that the operation in Leer, the home town of former Vice
President and rebel leader Riek Machar “has no strategic, operational, or tactical
Meanwhile, officials have denied clashes in Leer and accused the rebels of carrying
out deadly attacks against civilians across the country.
Officials in Jonglei State’s Bor say the rebels there have caused destruction and killed
a number of people.
“They are not actually fighting the army; they are fighting the civilians,” said Major
Deng Maketh, a commander of a battalion in Mathaing, outside Bor.
South Sudan has been witnessing deadly fighting since December 15, 2013, when the
country’s president accused Machar, his sacked deputy, of attempting to stage a
coup. The conflict turned into a war between Kiir’s Dinka tribe and Machar’s Nuer
ethnic group. Reports say as many as 10,000 people have lost their lives in the
Source: Press TV