Government troops seize rebel stronghold in Pagak
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.