South Sudan

SPLA dismisses Ethiopia army invasion

Members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa in 2005.

Members of the Ethiopian army patrol the streets of Addis Ababa in 2005.

The Spokesperson of the SPLA Brigadier General, Lul Ruai Kaong has refuted allegations that Ethiopian forces have invaded South Sudan.

This follows rumours circulating on Social Media that heavily armed Ethiopian troops have entered South Sudan territory in an effort to rescue Ethiopian kidnapped children last month by suspected Murle raiders.

“SPLA General headquarters would like to take this opportunity to correct negative propaganda circulating in Social Media that Ethiopian forces had invaded South Sudan territory,” Lul Ruai told National Courier.

“This is totally untrue. The correct information is that Ethiopian National Defense forces are currently redeployed in Tircal and Fashalla on their side of the border,” he said.

General Lul adds that SPLA has formed a 5 men committee to “coordinate with Ethiopian forces.”

He said the SPLA General headquarters would like to assure the general public that the territorial integrity of “our country has not been violated in any way by Ethiopian forces and hence should treat news circulating on the Social media as unjustified negative media propaganda.”

The Ethiopian troops were reportedly supposed to recover children kidnapped by South Sudan militias and sneaked into the country.


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