South Sudan’s rebels accuse government troops of “fresh attacks”

Addis Ababa, November 4, 2015 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s armed opposition has accused government forces of launching fresh attacks on its positions, saying Juba has violates the recently signed “security arrangements” deal.

Rebel Spokesman James Gatdet Dak, who is the official Spokesperson for the rebel leadership said in a statement extended to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that Juba-backed troops have been shieling Canal and Khorfulus for two days in an attempt to capture them from the SPLA-IO.

“Our bases have been attacked by government forces for the last two days. This aggression by the regime in Juba is a violation of the peace agreement, particularly the ceasefire. They have been shelling Canal and Khorfulus. Their aim is to try to close both the Sobat River and White Nile in an attempt to capture our bases,” Gatdet said in a statement.

The armed opposition Spokesperson added that continued attacks against the SPLA-IO by Juba-backed soldiers must end and called on IGAD and the international community put pressure on Juba to stop its attacks against rebels and implements the power-sharing peace deal.

“The regime has continued with the offensive against our forces despite the signing of the security arrangements. IGAD and the wider international community should put pressure on the government to stop the fighting and implement the peace agreement,” he added.

The accusation came days after the IGAD-Plus announced a breakthrough in weeks-long security negotiation between the two warring factions in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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