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India to evacuate nationals from war-torn South Sudan

PTI
Published Jul 11, 2016, 8:14 am IST
Updated Jul 11, 2016, 3:45 pm IST
Heavy fighting in South Sudan's capital was witnessed as former rebels and government soldiers exchanged fire in several parts of the city.
South Sudanese government soldiers patrol in Bentiu town, South Sudan. (Photo: AP)
 South Sudanese government soldiers patrol in Bentiu town, South Sudan. (Photo: AP)

New Delhi: India is planning evacuation ofi ts nationals from South Sudan, which is witnessing escalated violence due to clashes between anti and pro government forces, and has advised Indians not to travel to the war-torn country.

In a series of tweets, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said, "South Sudan - I am aware of the developments in South Sudan. We are planning evacuation of Indian nationals."

 

"Please register yourself with Indian Embassy and do not panic. Indian nationals are advised not to travel to South Sudan."

Yesterday, Indian embassy in South Sudan had asked Indians stranded there to stay calm, assuring them that they are in constant touch with authorities in India and all options are being considered to provide relief to them amid heavy fighting between South Sudan's army and former rebels.

 

"The Indian embassy is in regular touch with concerned authorities in India and all options are being considered for providing relief to Indians stranded here in Juba. All are requested to keep calm and await further development and further inputs from the embassy," the advisory said.

According to official data, there are a few hundred Indians in South Sudan. Some of them have set up businesses in Juba and others are working for various companies. A small number of Indian nationals also work in Christian missionary organizations in that country.

 

South Sudan's capital is witnessing heavy fighting due to clashes between former rebels and government soldiers in several parts of the city.

"The security situation in Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, has deteriorated since 07th July, 2016. We have reports of gun fire and fighting on the streets of Juba making any movement virtually impossible.

"Ministry of External Affairs advises all Indian nationals against all travel to South Sudan till situation improves," MEA said in its latest advisory.

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