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December 20, 2013 (JUBA)- The United Nations said the security situation in the South Sudanese capital, Juba has noticeably improved, a week after violence erupted within the presidential guard forces.

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Hundreds of people arrive at UN bases in Juba on Monday as reports of violence spread (UN photo)

Juba had, in the last few days, been a scene of sporadic gun battle, which spread to other parts of the country after political disputes within governing Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) party.

President Salva Kiir accused his former vice-president Riek Machar of instigating the incident, an allegation the latter dismisses.

Also, a 12-hour curfew was imposed in Juba from 6pm to 6am every day, with limited civilian movement, as the army controlled streets.

The UN mission, however, said on Friday that it has lifted restrictions on the movement of its personnel and resumed patrols on a limited basis in the city and restored its flight service to and from Entebbe, Uganda.

But while normal life returns, there are still fears over the safety of civilians, mainly those living in the outskirts of the country’s capital.

“We call on the Government of South Sudan to do its utmost to end any continuing violence, make sure that all civilians feel safe all over the city, regardless of their communal background. This will also permit civilians in our camps to return home,” said Hilde Johnson, the special representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan.

An estimated over 500 people are said to have died in the last few days of the violence, while up to 35,000 are said to be displaced in UN premises within Juba, Bor and Pibor towns of Jonglei state.

Also, two Indian peace keepers were killed when armed groups attacked a UN camp in Jonglei Akobo county on Thursday. At least 20 civilians reportedly died in the incident.

The UN said it was making every effort to ensure the safety of these civilians during their stay in the facilities, while they continued receiving water supplies since their arrival.

“UNMISS again calls on all parties to the violence to exercise restraint and seek a peaceful way out of the current crisis”, said Johnson, who earlier warned against any tribal dimension to the conflict seen as political in nature.

(ST)

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  • 21 December 2013 07:03, by Dinka Nhialic

    Hahaha that is what we know, those defectors/traitors/ have no future that to rebel from now and then, but the question is, how long will the rebel and where will they hide from? it is tit 4 tat this time, they shall be killed one by one, the enemy of Nation is Dr Riek and therefore, he got no chance in his life to lead the State as he is the political failure idiot.
    Salva Kiir oye
    SPLM oyeeeeeee

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    • 21 December 2013 09:57, by Rami Tot

      Nhialic
      you are dream from day you committed crime until now hahahah you and you fool ass mada fucker idiot incompetent president will have no where to go and will not run away fro your crime committed in front the eyes of all s Sudanese and UN look america is now condemning your attitude of killing and claim is a coup, civilian cannot make a coup, u trying to codes no escape justices first idiot

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    • 21 December 2013 10:57, by Bentiu son

      BEG Dinkas had cowardice murdered 4000 Nuer civilians in Juba n are killing Nuer in BEG region.I heard yesterday night they murdered 500 Nuer trainees in Mapel County of W.BEG cowardly. Hw comes u killed your trainees soldiers in their training camp? RIP Col Bang Gai with your bodyguards, we are coming to compensate u soon than later.Under Kiir, RSS won’t come together again

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  • 21 December 2013 07:04, by Tong dut

    That is right, soon we are going to hear the same guns between exmas and one one.wait to see the new south sudan full of ugandan forces and Dinkas in power.

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  • 21 December 2013 10:27, by Mapuor

    Good,bravo Mayardit.Riek is on the run.Fake PhD holder in mechanical engineering.Civilians especially those from Nuer are free to go back to their houses in Juba,they refuse becoz their kins back home advise them not to go out becoz they are massacring Dinkas in Maiwut,Bentiu,Nasir,Maban,Akobo,Waat and Ulang.

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    • 21 December 2013 10:59, by Bentiu son

      Dinkas had cowardice murdered 4000 Nuer civilians in Juba n are killing Nuer in BEG region.I heard yesterday night they murdered 500 Nuer trainees in Mapel County of W.BEG cowardly. Hw comes u killed your trainees soldiers in their training camp? RIP Col Bang Gai with your bodyguards, we are coming to compensate u soon than later.Under Kiir, RSS won’t come together again loool

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      • 21 December 2013 13:00, by Chol A.

        @Bantiu Son with no mistake your misinformation about those in mapal is premature, neither has been killd. Please we lost contact with brothers in Bantiu and survived said some were killd. The messages is clear that we soon killd these Nuer in Mapal. As you do thesame to our brothers in your area and we too coming to Bantiu to meet you just wait it matter if time and we will see you soon.

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  • 21 December 2013 14:11, by Akoch A. Magardit

    My fellow country men and women, kindly refrain from tribal comments and embark on national issues. We must all condemn what happen regardless of who caused it. South Sudan is our country and we all must obey its progress. It does not matter who is the president, so long as he/she conforms to the supreme constitution of the land. Thanks.

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  • 21 December 2013 14:47, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Juba is relatively stable with the presence of the Ugandian forces.Machar and Taban Deng arrived together in Bor.Taban left after less than one hour to an undentified place, probably unity state, where there is ongoing fighting in division 4.More than 300 reported dead there.Malakal is also underattack.Does Machar want to divide SS? Can he do that?!

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