At Least 300 Killed in Latest South Sudan Violence; 42K have fled

At Least 300 Killed in Latest South Sudan Violence; 42K have fled

"In addition to providing food assistance to displaced people in Juba, which is our normal role, WFP has also sheltered some 3, 000 people in our main office compound, mostly women and children who fled for their lives as fighting raged around us", said Luma.

While a precarious calm has descended on Juba since both Kiir and Machar called for a ceasefire late Monday, fears persist that forces on both sides continue to target people for their ethnicity.

There were no helicopter gunships in the sky, no tanks on the streets, no artillery barrages and soldiers in their machine gun-mounted pick-up trucks appeared to have stayed in their barracks. We can less than ever afford to sit idle as the people of South Sudan yet again bear the brunt of the intransigence of their leaders. Fighting was fiercer Sunday and Monday.

Magdi el Gizouli, a Sudanese academic, told DW that there has to be enough pressure on the South Sudanese government, and that the peace deal has to provide alternative leadership other than the two principals (Kiir and Machar).

One of the dual citizens said that if they are allowed to leave as US citizens, the authorities confiscate their South Sudanese passports.

Salva Kiir, South Sudan President, and James Wani Igga, Vice president during a press conference at Presidential palace in Juba, South Sudan, after fighting started erupted when a group of unidentified soldiers tried to enter the palace.

The United Nations says it is also investigating reports accusing President Kiir's troops of targeting UN staff and foreign aid workers amid the fighting. That clash sparked a larger battle that left almost 300 dead, according to government figures, including 33 civilians.

AFP reports that South Sudanese security forces are preventing people from leaving the East African nation, Amnesty International said. The NEF official said government soldiers stormed the Terrain Hotel as they were returning to the centre of town.

Fighting between rival troops began a week ago in the capital Juba, plunging the nation into its worst crisis since the end of a two-year civil war. The evacuation was part of Operation Sankat Mochan launched by the Indian government.

South Sudan plunged into civil conflict in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir's forces clashed with forces allied to his former deputy Riek Machar. Other countries that have evacuated their citizens are: Britain, France, Poland, Norway, Australia, Canada, and Kenya. At least 156 Indians were evacuated from the violence-hit South Sudan, with 71 arriving by a special Indian Air Force flight to New Delhi.

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