Uganda Military Enter South Sudan to Evacuate Citizens

Uganda People's Defence Forces' trucks enroute to evacuate their citizens in South Sudan, July 14, 2016. Uganda People's Defence Forces' trucks enroute to evacuate their citizens in South Sudan, July 14, 2016. ©REUTERS/Anthony Nambwaya

13 July 2016
Further eruptions of violence in South Sudan have led the Ugandan military to intervene to evacuate its citizens

On 4 July 2016, Ugandan military troops entered the Juba area in South Sudan to evacuate its citizens caught in the long drawn out fire between opposing factions.  A convoy of about 50 lorries of the Ugandan army was escorted by armoured vehicles to create a secure corridor for civilians to flee the conflict in South Sudan.  The entry of the Ugandan army into South Sudan was authorized by President Salva Kiir.  

The convoy will evacuate not only its own civilians, estimated to be about 3,000, but also any other nationalities if they wish to, in the lorries deployed for their return to Uganda.  However, South Sudanese refugees crossing into Uganda have faced risks at the hands of Ugandan soldiers including beatings and lootings. The Ugandan army has been helping President Kiir fight off opposition forces since the conflict began in December 2013.

International interventions to evacuate its citizens have been carried out by the United States, who deployed an extra 47 troops in South Sudan, India with two aircraft, and Germany.  South Sudan opposition leader Vice-President Machar has called on the UN for a buffer zone between his troops and those loyal to President Kiir. These calls however have been rebuffed by President Kiir who stated there are already enough peace-keeping troops in the country, estimated at 12,000.

 

To know more, read:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southsudan-security-idUSKCN0ZU13P
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/ugandan-army-crosses-sudan-evacuate-citizens-160714094029720.html

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