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U.S. evacuates more citizens from South Sudan

English.news.cn   2013-12-20 06:53:18            

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Thursday evacuated more citizens from South Sudan, as the African nation was still engulfed in fighting.

A private charter flight lifted some 130 persons from Juba, the capital of South Sudan, including U.S. citizens and third-country nationals, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said at a regular news briefing.

She said a small number of Americans also flew out of the country aboard a British military aircraft.

A day earlier, Washington airlifted three groups of American nationals, including non-emergency diplomatic personnel, out of South Sudan, where fighting broke out Sunday between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar who was removed from office in July.

Some 450 people had been killed so far in Juba, an army spokesman told the media. Meanwhile, Machar has rejected an offer of talks by Kiir, calling for the president's removal by the ruling party and the army instead.

Kiir, who had accused Machar of orchestrating a military coup against him, on Monday declared a state of emergency in the country with a curfew imposed.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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