South Sudan rebels retake strategic town along Ethiopia border
Saturday 12/August/2017 - 10:50 PM
South Sudan’s rebels say they have retaken control of their stronghold town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia from government forces.
"We took control of Pagak... government forces are not in Pagak، we have pushed them out،" Reuters quoted rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel as saying on Saturday.
Pagak was captured by South Sudan's military on Monday، but rebels engaged in heavy clashes with government forces on Friday in an attempt to retake the town.
The rebels’ control of Pagak، located in the Upper Nile region، provides them with an easy route for cross-border movement and smuggling of arms and other supplies from Ethiopia.
Dickson Gatluak Jock، a spokesman for South Sudan's Vice President Taban Deng Gai، rejected that the rebels had retaken the control of the town but said three army soldiers were killed and four others wounded during the clashes.
"We clashed with them (rebels) yesterday in Pagak، but we are in full control of the area،" he said.
Jock noted that fighting had died down on Saturday، but said the rebels "are not very far from our area."
He said the army killed five rebels during the Friday clashes. The rebels denied it. -PressTV