Battle of Malakal

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Battle of Malakal
Part of the aftermath of the Second Sudanese Civil War
Date November 27–29, 2006 (3 days)
Location Malakal, Southern Sudan Autonomous Region
Result Ceasefire and mutual disengagement to pre-battle positions
 Sudan Flag of South Sudan.svg SPLA
Commanders and leaders
Gabriel Tang Unknown
Casualties and losses
At least 4 dead[1]
Around 150 dead and 400-500 wounded[2]
Location of Malakal in Sudan

The Battle of Malakal occurred at the end of November 2006 in the southern Sudanese town of Malakal. The clashes between Sudanese government forces and the Sudan People's Liberation Army were the most serious breach of a 2005 deal to end the Second Sudanese Civil War.[3]


According to the SPLA, militia leader Gabriel Tang initiated the clashes by attacking the SPLA and then taking refuge in the local Sudanese Army base. After a demand to hand over Tang was not met, the SPLA attacked the base, causing the Sudanese army to counterattack with tanks. The Sudanese army likewise blamed the SPLA for starting the battle. After three days of fighting the battle eventually subsided, and both sides agreed to disengage to their pre-battle positions.[3]


Tang's militia would clash with the SPLA again in Malakal in 2009 and in Jonglei in 2011,[4] before eventually surrendering to the SPLA shortly thereafter.[5] The 2006 clash didn't escalate to a dangerous level, and the 2011 South Sudanese independence referendum was held as planned and according to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2005, resulting in South Sudan's independence.


  1. ^ Sudan Tribune: 13 killed in clashes between SPLA and a militia in S. Sudan’s Malakal, Nov 29, 2006. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "UN puts death toll from south Sudan clashes at 150", Reuters (Sudan Tribune), December 3, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Hundreds killed in south Sudan clashes: ex-officer", Reuters, November 30, 2006.
  4. ^ "South Sudan clashes between army and militia kill 57". 2011-04-24. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  5. ^,38774

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