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Rebels, Government Forces Fight Near South Sudan’s Capital

Fighting between the rebel group and government forces suddenly broke out on Tuesday morning near the capital city of South Sudan Juba. The rebels who refused to sign a peace deal said security in Juba town was very tight, according to AFP reporter.

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This has been the first fighting nearest to South Sudan’s capital. The ex-general Cirillo Swaka Thomas who formed the National Salvation Front (NSF) in 2017 and called for overthrow of president Salva Kiir’s government, said it was attacked on Tuesday morning.

According to the statement, the National Salvation Front said they killed about 8 enemy soldiers, which was not confirmed independently.

NAS commanders in Labonok are expecting more attacks, ‘statement reads in part. Labonok is close to Swaka’s home town and has since then been a fortress for militants.

The last fighting in the same area happened in June 2018.

South Sudan’s military spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang told AFP reporter that their commanders in Labonok have not been accessible since morning and they haven’t got any latest information.

However, government forces have been deployed in Juba to carry out a thorough security check in all suspected spots within town to see if rebels are hidden there,’said AFP reporter.

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