Tuesday 17 October 2017

South Sudan evacuations continue as fragile ceasefire holds

Aid workers based in South Sudan arrive in Kenya after their evacuation (AP)
Aid workers based in South Sudan arrive in Kenya after their evacuation (AP)

The United States, India and other countries have been continuing to evacuate their citizens from South Sudan as a fragile ceasefire appeared to hold despite fears of a return to civil war.

India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Thursday morning that two aircraft had landed in the capital, Juba, for evacuations.

The US embassy has said it was arranging flights out of the country for Americans on Thursday.

Other evacuees have already landed in neighbouring Kenya and Uganda.

Germany's foreign office said those evacuated on Wednesday included three wounded Chinese peacekeepers from the UN mission in South Sudan and citizens from Britain, France, Poland, Norway, Australia, Canada, Kenya and other countries.

But South Sudanese trying to flee the country by road have reported being turned back from the border.

AP

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