Expatriates Flee Juba

December 18, 2013 10:40 am0 comments by:
People who have taken refugee at the UN Juba Headquarters. Photo: UNMISS

People who have taken refugee at the UN Juba Headquarters. Photo: UNMISS

Juba-Expatriates have started leaving the South Sudanese capital Juba following days of unrest.
Radio Dabanga in a report carried on its website says the first group of expatriates left Juba by plane on Wednesday morning.
The departure of the expatriates follows a night of relative calm but with occasional shootings reported. Some soldiers were reportedly roaming around in the city in Tong Ping, Hai Malakal and Hai Cinema.
The clashes between rival members of the presidential guards had ceased since Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the US embassy in Juba has advised all Americans citizens to leave the country together with none essential staff of the embassy.
The Kenyan and several European embassies have started registering their citizens ahead of repatriation.
In a related development, South Sudan’s Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth on Tuesday evening spoke to South Sudanese seeking refuge at the UN Mission in South Sudan and urged them to return to their homes.
Makuei also said that 75 people had died from fighting in the capital city but other reports put the number of those killed to 500.
Fighting flared up in the South Sudanese capital Juba on Sunday following months of bikering between President Salva Kiir and his sacked Deputy Ryek Machar.

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