-- At least 30 people have been killed in rebel
attacks on government positions across South Sudan since the
beginning of the year amid continued violation of a truce
warring parties signed last month, the military said on
Lul Ruai Koang, spokesman for the
Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), said in a statement that
attacks by rebels loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar
and those linked to former deputy army chief, Thomas Cirilo,
killed at least six people in the southern parts of the country
Koang said another 24 people were
killed in related attacks in northern Liech state since the
start of 2018.
“SPLA once again renews call for
CTSAMM (Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement
Monitoring Mechanism) to investigate the latest repeated
violations of the cease-fire agreement by rebels loyal to
Riek Machar and Thomas Cirilo. IGAD and TROIKA (United
States, Britain and Norway) should hold the rebel leaders
and their field commanders accountable,” he said.
The SPLA said it recorded eight
violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement since it
was signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last month.
The warring factions had previously
violated several cease-fires since the conflict erupted four
Koang said the SPLA is committed to
the cessation of hostilities agreement and other provisions
aimed at restoring of peace and stability in the country,
calling peace monitors to investigate the truce violations and
hold perpetrations accountable.
On Tuesday, the main rebel group, the
Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in-Opposition (SPLA-IO) denied
that it violated the cease-fire and said it had set up its own
team to monitor the fragile truce.
The United States, Britain and Norway
on Tuesday condemned the latest truce violation and warned that
any violator of the pact will be held accountable.
South Sudan has been embroiled in four
years of conflict that has taken a devastating toll on the
people, creating one of the fastest growing refugee crisis in
A peace deal signed in August 2015
between the rival leaders under UN pressure led to the
establishment of a transitional unity government in April, but
was shattered by renewed fighting in July 2016.