South Sudan Denies Reports That Rebels Seized Malakal Town

Kuol Manyang Juuk, the South Sudanese Defense Minister insists his forces are still in control of Malakal despite rebels claims, dismissing all other media reports. [File]

Kuol Manyang Juuk, the South Sudanese Defense Minister insists his forces are still in control of Malakal despite rebels claims, dismissing all other media reports.

“The elements of Riek [Machar]…were defeated and they are no any longer there in Malakal,” Kuol told Gurtong on Friday, saying SPLA forces are being reinforced to expand its control in the state.

Fighting in Malakal erupted since December 23, 2013 after forces loyal to Riek Machar rebelled.

Though Moses Ruai Lat, the official Spokesman of the Unity State Military Interim government under Riek Machar’s governance exclusively told Gurtong that, his forces seized the town on Thursday evening after flushing out government forces, adding the town is now calm under the rebel control.

“Malakal as a whole is under the control of the forces loyal to the former Vice President Dr. Riek [Machar],” Moses said. “They have been fighting all these two past days and yesterday.”

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