Government’s troops attack civilians, loot property, and burn down houses: Spokesperson

Addis Ababa, September 17, 2015 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s armed opposition has accused government soldiers of attacking civilians, looting property, and burning houses to ashes in Lui and Jambo areas of Western Equatoria state, rebels have said.

In a press statement, rebel Spokesman James Gatdet Dak announced what he described as “ceasefire violations” and accuses Juba of killing many civilians in the latest attacks.

“We have been receiving disturbing reports of ongoing ceasefire violations by soldiers of Salva Kiir. They have continued to attack our bases in Wunduruba payam at Lainya County while at the same time targeting civilians in the area. Many civilians have been killed and tens of thousands more displaced and in dire humanitarian situation,” Gatdet said.

“Soldiers of Salva Kiir on September 16 also went on rampage by attacking civilians in Mundri county of Western Equatoria state. They attacked civilians in Jambo and Lui areas, looting property and burning houses to ashes. We condemn this barbaric act by the regime,” he added.

The rebel Spokesman said Salva Kiir is trying to capture rebel-held territories so that his military team could declare them government controlled-areas at the ongoing workshop on security arrangements in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Gatdet also calls on IGAD to monitor and verify the violations and urges the international community to condemn South Sudanese government.

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