Rebel strong­hold falls

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

NAIROBI: South Su­dan’s army has cap­tured the main rebel strong­hold of Pa­gak near the Ethiopian bor­der, forc­ing thou­sands of peo­ple to flee.

Rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said rebel forces pulled out of Pa­gak af­ter com­ing un­der at­tack in the early hours of Sun­day.

“We re­alised it would be costly for civil­ians and our forces have with­drawn,” Lam said.

Pa­gak, in the heart­land of South Su­dan’s Nuer peo­ple, one of its main eth­nic groups, has been at the cen­tre of rebel op­er­a­tions since 2014.

Lam said Pa­gak’s fall did not mean the end of the Nuer’s strug­gle against South Su­dan’s Dinkadom­i­nated gov­ern­ment.

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