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“We realised it would be costly for civilians and our forces have withdrawn,” Lam said.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