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Opolot says the trucks are expected to pick close to 400 Ugandans from the Ugandan embassy in Juba who have registered to be evacuated from the country.

Government dispatched six additional trucks to Juba in South Sudan on Sunday evening to evacuate Ugandan nationals willing to leave the country as a result of the ongoing conflict there. Clashes broke out in Juba last week between government forces and soldiers loyal to Riek Machar, the former South Sudan Vice President.
 
Fred Opolot, foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson told URN this afternoon that the six trucks were expected in Juba at 1pm. He says the trucks were not escorted by security following assurances by the South Sudan government that the route to and from Juba is safe.   
 
Opolot says the trucks are expected to pick close to 400 Ugandans from the Ugandan embassy in Juba who have registered to be evacuated from the country.  He says 9 other trucks will be waiting at the border in Nimule if the need arises.

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The plan tallies in with the earlier evacuation efforts by the Uganda Peoples Defense forces from Juba Airport. UPDF has put up solid security at the airport to facilitate flights in and out of Juba as countries continue to evacuate their citizens. The Ministry of Foreign affairs also says the troops will continue to maintain their presence until the Government of South Sudan declares otherwise.

Over 1500 Ugandans have so far been evacuated from South Sudan since fighting broke out last week. UPDF says they have so far airlifted 690 Ugandans from South Sudan in the past three days. The dispute started after Riek Machar and several other SPLM officials disagreed with President Salva Kiir and stormed out of a party meeting.
 
 

 

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