United States sends Marines to South Sudan capital to protect citizens

The White House said on Wednesday the United States had sent additional USA military personnel to South Sudan to boost security of the US embassy in the country.

The United States Africa Command, or AFRICOM, has sent about 40 soldiers to South Sudan's capital of Juba to facilitate the evacuation of US embassy personnel, the State Department said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of State said in a statement that in response to ongoing violence in South Sudan, the Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel from its Embassy in Juba.

The external affairs ministry is leading an operation to evacuate 600 Indian nationals stranded in Juba, South Sudan, where a week-long civil war has claimed several lives.

In five days of fighting in the capital President Salva Kiir's forces ousted those loyal to First Vice President Riek Machar from one of their bases.

A cease-fire in South Sudan's capital Juba held for a second day on Wednesday after days of fighting that left hundreds dead.

The country's civil war, sparked by ethnic unrest between the Dinka and Nuer peoples, began in December 2013 and has since killed tens of thousands of people. "If we go home, maybe it will happen again". All EU citizens are airlifted to Uganda and Djibouti with the help of the German military air force.

The U.N. has about 12,000 peacekeeping troops and police officers in the country, and the Security Council is ready to ask for more from neighboring nations, according to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council on Monday to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, sanction leaders and commanders who are blocking the implementation of the peace deal.

United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous warned Wednesday that more fighting could break out in South Sudan despite a two-day ceasefire that followed a major flareup of violence in Juba.

"This latest conflict is going to push even more people into hunger and despair", she said.

"Three-quarters of the population of South Sudan is in need of humanitarian assistance", the head of the UN's World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, said in Amman.

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