South Sudan evacuations continue; some locals turned back


JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The United States, India and other countries continued on Thursday to evacuate their citizens from South Sudan, where a fragile cease-fire appears to hold amid fears of a return to civil war.

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that two aircraft had landed in the capital, Juba, for evacuations.

The U.S. Embassy has said it was arranging flights out of the country for Americans.

Other evacuees have already landed in neighboring Kenya and Uganda and elsewhere.

Germany’s foreign office says those evacuated on Wednesday included three wounded Chinese peacekeepers from the U.N. mission in South Sudan and citizens from Britain, France, Poland, Norway, Australia, Canada, Kenya and other countries.

But South Sudanese trying to flee the country by road have reported being turned back from the border.

A fourth wounded Chinese peacekeeper with leg injuries was airlifted Thursday to Uganda.

“We are all shocked by that, and we condemn strongly this attack,” said the Chinese ambassador to Uganda, Zhao Yali. “These young people came a long way, from China to Africa. They sacrificed their life in order to protect the world peace and regional peace.”

About 40 other Chinese nationals were also brought to Uganda on another flight Thursday.

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