Army en­ters S/Su­dan to evac­u­ate cit­i­zens

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Ah e a v i l y - a r m e d Ugan­dan mil­i­tary con­voy crossed into South Su­dan on Thurs­day to evac­u­ate cit­i­zens trapped by re­cent fight­ing in the cap­i­tal Juba, an AFP re­porter at the border said.

The con­voy of around 50 trucks es­corted by ma­chine gun-mounted ar­moured ve­hi­cles crossed the border at Nimule to res­cue Ugan­dans in the cap­i­tal 200 kilo­me­tres (120 miles) to the north, and open up a se­cure cor­ri­dor for flee­ing civil­ians who have been at­tacked by ban­dits and renegade sol­diers.

“We plan to go to Juba to ex­tract 3,000 Ugan­dans stranded by fight­ing, but that num­ber may grow as we will evac­u­ate any­one who wants to leave of any na­tion­al­ity,” said army chief Brigadier Leopold Kyanda. “There may even be some South Su­danese who want to leave.”

“Juba is to­tally peace­ful and calm now and we do not ex­pect any prob­lems. The prob­lems could be on the road where there are some few thugs. The first re­spon­si­bil­ity of any UPDF sol­dier is to pro­tect him­self and we are con­fi­dent in this,” Kyanda said.

Photo: AFP

Uganda mil­i­tary per­son­nel are seen atop mil­i­tary and po­lice trucks as they drive to­wards Juba in South Su­dan at Nimule border point yes­ter­day.

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