KAMPALA, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Three military personnel were wounded when the incoming fire hit two U. S. aircraft flying to a rebel-held town in South Sudan, the Ugandan military disclosed on Saturday.
The aircraft turned to the Ugandan capital Kampala after shot at on its route to the town of Bor. The wounded personnel were taken to Nairobi, Kenya for treatment.
The U. S. aircraft were sent on a rescue mission in South Sudan's Jonglei state, when they took the gunfire.
The government of Africa's newest state held the rebel responsible for the shooting, saying the town was under the control of the renegade soldiers.
On Friday, the U.N. Security Council warned that the ongoing conflict caused by a leadership feud could spill over to neighboring countries.
Kenya on Saturday said it would send troops to South Sudan to evacuate its 1,600 citizens.
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The UN Security Council has been watching closely on development of the situation in South Sudan and supported the efforts of the UN and the African Union which seek to reach a dialogue between all parties of the country to realize peaceful resolution, said Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, after the council's closed-door consultation on South Sudan.Full story
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At least 20 civilians killed in UN base in South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said on Friday that at least 20 of the civilians who sought refuge in a UN base in the country's northeast have been killed in an attack, which also left two Indian peacekeepers dead.
"UNMISS estimates that at least 20 of the civilians who sought refuge inside the base were killed during the attack" which occurred in Akobo town, Jonglei State, on Thursday, UNMISS said in a statement.Full story