Gov­ern­ment troops seize rebel strong­hold in Pa­gak

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ZANZ­IBAR, TAN­ZA­NIA | South Su­dan’s gov­ern­ment forces have over­taken the rebel-held strong­hold and op­po­si­tion head­quar­ters of Pa­gak, along the Ethiopian bor­der, said William Gatjiath Deng, spokesman for the op­po­si­tion IO.

Army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang did not con­firm the re­ports say­ing that he’s “not aware” of Pa­gak’s takeover, but the cap­ture of the city would be a ma­jor vic­tory for the gov­ern­ment. The rebels burned their mil­i­tary bar­racks be­fore flee­ing, to pre­vent gov­ern­ment forces from be­ing able to use the am­mu­ni­tion, ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents.

Ear­lier this year the gov­ern­ment de­clared a uni­lat­eral cease-fire, how­ever there have been con­tin­ued re­ports of gov­ern­ment-led of­fen­sives into Mai­wut and to­ward Pa­gak, in­clud­ing killings of civil­ians and burn­ings of houses.

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