Uganda Deploys Troops to South Sudan

December 20, 2013 12:42 pm0 comments by:

Kampala-Uganda has deployed troops to the troubled South Sudan.

Military sources from Uganda confirmed to the Continent Observer this afternoon that a contingent of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has been deployed in Southern Sudan on the invitation of the Government of Southern Sudan.

“At the authorization of the southern Sudan government a small force has been deployed to facilitate the evacuation of stranded Ugandans some of whom are injured back to safety in Uganda” Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda the Defense and Military Spokesperson told the Continent Observer this afternoon.

The troops that have been deployed are from the Special Forces Group- SFG a crack unit within the Uganda People Defense Forces.

They are reportedly in charge of securing Juba Airport, evacuation of Ugandans and ensuring normalcy returns to the capital Juba.

Uganda has formerly intervened in countries like Somalia where its troops make the bulk of the United Nations troops who are deployed there.

 

Civilians fleeing to UN compound. Photo: UNMISS

Civilians fleeing to UN compound. Photo: UNMISS

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