Foreigners being evacuated amid South Sudan tension

Uganda military personnel are seen atop military and police trucks driving towards Juba, South Sudan, at Nimule border point on July 14, 2016.

Several countries are evacuating their citizens from South Sudan following a week of fighting in which hundreds of people have been killed.

Women rest against a United Nations vehicle as they take cover from fighting on the perimeter of the United Nations base and compound in Juba, South Sudan, on July 8.

Some South Sudanese, even those with dual USA citizenship, are not being allowed to leave the country, even as the United States, India and other countries continued Thursday to evacuate their citizens while a fragile cease-fire appeared to hold.

The failure to demilitarize Juba city before arrival of first vice president, Riek Machar, and the delay in establishing contentment areas of the opposition's SPLA-IO forces in greater Bahr El Gahzal and Equatoria regions is a setback to peace. The African Union, which has long complained about the International Criminal Court, should follow through on its proposal for an Africa-based court to hold those perpetrators to account.

A leading member of South Sudan's armed opposition said Thursday he was arrested and tortured in the capital before being released.

Yesterday, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council that the fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing First Vice-President Riek Machar made the movement of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) hard although the Mission was able to conduct limited patrolling. "His life is in danger", claimed Goi Jooyul Yol in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Nuer community in Uganda have condemned renewed fighting in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, between two rival forces from Friday and Monday, describing it as violation of the August 2015 peace agreement.

Most Sudanese in South Sudan are traders and employees with worldwide NGOs, officials said.

"Why not? We have the capacity to support the government of South Sudan and we were there before", said the plain-clothed officer accompanying the convoy.

The latest violence marks a fresh blow to last year's deal for ending the conflict, which erupted when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.

The UN said the violence over the past week has caused an additional 42, 000 to flee their homes. We call on you to collaboratively work with the Transitional Government of National Unity on how best we could, together, deliver peace and security to my people.

United Nations peacekeepers have been deployed in South Sudan since the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

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