Rebels Recapture Phom El Zaref, Threatening to Release Videos of Battles

Addis Ababa, December 11, 2014 (SSNA) — South Sudanese rebels have on Thursday recaptured the Administrative Headquarters of Fangak County, Phom El Zaref, in Jonglei State, according to Brig. General Lul Ruai Koang.

In a press statement obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), Gen. Koang stated that their forces took control over Phom El Zaref on the 10th of December, adding that they have inflicted heavy losses on government troops.

“Our Resistance Forces under direct command of Brig. Gen. Chuol Nhial Kok and under overall command of Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tangiye on 10-12-2014 regained control of Phom El Zaref, the Administrative HQs of Fangak County in northern Jonglei State,” Koang said in the statement.

In addition, the SPLA-IO Spokesman vowed to release videos of Fangak battles.

“The videos will be released to boost the morale of our Forces and supporters in the country and around the world,” he added.

The rebels’ military Spokesman also stated that government forces are on the run on different directions and that the rebel forces are pursuing them.

“[Government] Foot soldiers fled in two directions with our forces in hot pursuit; one group towards Nyijuat in neighboring Panyikang County in Upper Nile State and Dor in the same county,” Gen. Koang asserted.

Koang further disclosed that the anti-government forces have killed 78 government soldiers, captured 6 PKM light machine guns, 60 AKM-47, 8 RPG-7, and destroyed 1 APC and 3 Toyota Land cruisers mounted with heavy machine guns.

The Spokesman for the SPLA-in Opposition further revealed that their positions in Renk county were systematically attacked by the SPLA-Juba forces.

“In a separate development, clashes erupted on 10-12-2014 in Gongbar north of Renk County. Salva’s forces moved out of their defensive positions at Wei-Yar Adiu northwest of Nasir and attacked our forces at Dhurding, Koat-Chie Gew and Ketbek. All the attackers were repulsed,” Koang disclosed.

On November 28, government troops launched successful attacks on rebels’ positions and took control over Fangak’s administrative Headquarters, Phom El Zaref.

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