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US orders non-essential staff to leave South Sudan following renewed fighting

US orders non-essential staff to leave South Sudan following renewed fighting

South Sudan

The United States has implemented an “ordered departure” of its staff from South Sudan, following four days of heavy fighting between government forces and those loyal to vice president Riek Machar, in the capital Juba.

According to the State Department spokes person, the departure is not tantamount to evacuation.

We are adjusting or simply adjusting our footprint in response to the deterioration in the security situation

“We are moving out on all fronts to reduce the number of staff by implementing an ordered departure from outpost. That is our focus right now an ordered departure we are adjusting or simply adjusting our footprint in response to the deterioration in the security situation, said John Kirby.

The US also welcomed the ceasefire separately declared by president Salva Kiir and vice president Riek Machar on Monday, and urged that the peace deal signed in August 2015 be fully implemented.

According to reports, the current fighting between the warring parties that has left more than 270 people dead, was triggered by a deadly altercation at a checkpoint on Thursday night.

Reuters