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Juba, 5 Jan 2018; Fear and panic seized citizens in the national capital Juba following heavy clashes by government and armed opposition forces in Gurei and Kafuri area, located approximately 15 km west of Juba. The Thursday clashes which erupted abruptly according to rebel source left unspecified government soldiers dead and 50 more have decided to join the rebel forces, a claim the reporter cannot independently verify. 

The informant said he was one of the commanders who attack the government outposts in Gurei and Kafuri in retaliation of violation of Cessation of Hostilities by government forces who have been attacking their bases including the recaptured of Lasu by the regime's forces. 

He said the Thursday's attack in perimeter of national capital Juba is an indication, that they can strike in the heart of capital Juba, anytime day and night unless the regime respects its signature on the IGAD mediated Cessation of Hostilities.  

It is not immediately clear how the rebel forces penetrated the heavy security lines and managed to come closely to the heart of nation's capital Juba. 

Speaking to the media after cabinet meeting on Friday afternoon, government spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth who doubled as information Minister, admitted that heavy clashes erupted out between government and rebel forces in the area of  Gurei and Kafuri in the suburbs of Juba. 

Michael Makuei said that yesterday’s attack was an attempt to disrupt the peace process and they the rebels are looking for attention. 

"We are calling on those rebels to respect and abide by the cessation of hostilities so that we continue to negotiate peace, not war" said the outspoken Minister Makuei. 

After the brief Thursday night rebel attack in Kafuri on government forces outposts with one of the best equipped SPLA soldiers, the authority in Juba took quick and unrealistic measure to jammed internet services in Juba. Amazingly the attack by the rebel was not air out by state owed TV the South Sudan Broadcasting SSBC.        

J. Roberts Swaka 


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