South Sudan: Rebels kill four soldiers ahead of peace talks
Rebels in South Sudan killed four rebels on Sunday ahead of peace talks aimed at getting the countries peace process back on track.
The rebels also injured another 14 soldiers during an attack against a strategic northeastern town that rests on a transit route used by the rebel group. According to the government, the rebels were attempting to take control of the town ahead of peace talks resuming.
Rebel attack in Waat
The rebels attacked the northeastern town of Waat, in Eastern Bieh, on Sunday. Dickson Gatluak Jock, spokesman for Vice President Taban Deng Gai, confirmed the attack on Monday, suggesting the rebels aimed to take control of the strategically located town.
“Their (the rebels) main aim … is to regain full control of the strategic town of Waat from our forces before the revitalization process kicks off in Addis Ababa,” he told Reuters.
Lam Paul Gabriel, spokesman for the country’s main rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army In Opposition (SPLA-IO), also says it still aims to out the government from Waat so that people who were previously living there can return to their homes.
“Our aim is to push them out of Waat, to make sure our civilians come back and the revitalization forum will find the civilians at home,” he said. It was too early to determine casualties among their own forces as fighting continued.”
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