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More foreign nationals evacuated as security fears worsen in Juba

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December 20, 2013 (JUBA) – The UK plans to send a second evacuation flight for its nationals in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on Friday as fighting continues to spread throughout the country.

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Civilians arrive to seek shelter at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Jonglei capital Bor on 18 December 2013 (Photo: UNMISS/Reuters)

The Foreign Office has advised its nationals wishing to leave to be at the airport by 10am (local time). No baggage is permitted.

After initially advising against travel to Jonglei and Juba, the Foreign Office upgraded its advisory on Friday, warning against all travel to the country.

“We strongly advise all British nationals in South Sudan to leave the country if they can do so safely. You may have difficulty leaving in the event of a further deterioration in security”, the Foreign office said in its revised alert.

The Foreign Office has temporarily withdrawn some staff and dependants from the British embassy in Juba amid increasing security fears.

The British embassy in Juba remains open, but is running at limited capacity.

The Foreign Office has warned that security constraints and reduced staffing may make it difficult for the British government to provide consular assistance in the event of a further deterioration in the security situation.

The UK’s first evacuation flight from Juba arrived in Uganda late Thursday.

A fourth US evacuation flight also took off from Juba on Thursday headed for Kenya, with Italy and Germany also evacuating their nationals.

The US state department said it was also offering an additional evacuation flight for its citizens on Friday.

The US announced on Tuesday it was temporarily suspending its embassy operations in Juba, with all non-emergency diplomatic staff ordered to leave.

The Australian government, which does not have resident diplomatic representation in South Sudan, has urged its citizens to leave via commercial flights.

It has also upgraded its advisory for South Sudan to ’Do Not Travel’ due to the “extremely dangerous” security situation on the ground.

The situation in Juba remained mostly peaceful on Thursday, with the government making assurances to UN agencies and foreign embassies “that civil tranquillity has been fully restored”.

However, the conflict continues to spread throughout the country, with Jonglei state capital Bor now under the control of rebelling South Sudanese army (SPLA) forces, while 16 people were killed when oil workers from rival tribes clashed in Unity state on Thursday.

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  • 20 December 2013 08:53, by Mayom County Boy

    let them evacuate because they were been kill by lou nuer youths in Akoba county yesterday evening .
    this is also one of miss planing the goverment from nuer youths .
    the most important thing is this let us respect international laws where ever they are , it seem if we respect other people regulation we can cooperate with other partners also.

    repondre message

    • 20 December 2013 09:08, by Wicdail

      Mayom County Boy,
      Shutup your dirty mouth. Who told you that they were Lou Nuer who stormed the UN compound?

      repondre message

    • 20 December 2013 09:37, by omoni jr.

      go to school boy.
      just write in your language if you have one. You are not only breaking the language,But you don’t have any at all.

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    • 20 December 2013 11:10, by Tong dut

      Let them go, soon we are going to show those Dinkas how is good or bad game
      WE DON’T WANT FOREIGN TO DIED IN THIS DINKAS FUCKN KILLINGS.
      EQUATORIANS HAVE NO GUNS, SOON THEY WILL TURN ON THEM TOO.
      IF POSSIBLE AWIL SHOULD BE UNDER FIRE, THE HOME VILLAGE OF Kiir, the genger king.

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  • 20 December 2013 12:47, by Mapuor

    Dr Riek should stop killing of innocent Dinkas.Riek will never rule this country.Nuers are good people and Dinkas must respect them as they are closely related to Dinkas.Down down with Dogwa dog.Kiir Oyeee.Dok will never rule this land.Bul people are better than Dogwa dogs.

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    • 20 December 2013 15:26, by sweettea

      Mapuor, you tell your Mr killer to stop killing innocent nuer people who been killing them in juba. We nuer people are coming to the home town of Mr salva killer . You haven’t seen anything yet, what been happening in greater upper Nile is just a warning, the real fighting is coming up soon in heart of our national capital juba.

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