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The German government evacuates nationals from South Sudan

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An evacuation of German nationals is underway in South Sudan's capital Juba, after a ceasefire was announced following days of heavy fighting.
13.07.2016  |  Berlin, Germany
Evacuations carried out by the German army from Juba International Airport, December 20, 2013. (photo: Beate Mueller-Grunewald)
Evacuations carried out by the German army from Juba International Airport, December 20, 2013. (photo: Beate Mueller-Grunewald)

According to tagesschau.de, a spokesman from the German Foreign Office explained that the federal government has decided to fly out German citizens from South Sudan for security reasons, confirming several media reports.

The evacuations were under way on Wednesday, July 13. The 15 German soldiers, who are stationed as part of a UN mission in South Sudan, remain in the country.

A military transport aircraft (Transall) has already brought diplomats and aid workers to safety. Overall, there are one hundred German nationals in South Sudan.

However, the airforce says it also wants to help bring citizens of other countries from South Sudan to safety. The European Union has withdrawn from South Sudan to Nairobi, added the german news outlet.

After several days of deadly fighting between government and opposition forces, a ceasefire was announced on July 11, 2016. The situation in Juba remains however tense.

Sources on the ground confirmed that a number of diplomats and foreign aid agency staff were evacuated since Juba International Airport re-opened and chartered flights have resumed. Commercial flights have yet to resume from/to neighbouring countries.

The U.S. government deployed forces to South Sudan, in order to protect the U.S embassy in Juba and to evacuation the embassy's non-essential personnel. Bloomberg reports that "40 service members [...] will help in securing U.S. personnel and facilities in Juba," as a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command said.

The Ugandan government announced that the Ugandan army “will conduct safe evacuation for Ugandans trapped in South Sudan", reports Anadolu Agency.

Kenyan nationals stranded in South Sudan expressed outrage at their government over social media, for failing to respond in a timely manner to evacuation requests.

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