According to CNN, a crack team of 150 U.S. Marines are poised to enter the turbulent and newly independent nation of South Sudan to evacuate Americans and also to provide security cover to the US Embassy. The news was released by two US Military officials on Monday.
The US Marines are being moved from Spain to Africa via the nation of Djibouti. Fighting is spreading and there are fears that it can break out into a full out and bloody civil war between different warring tribes. 5 states among the 10 states of the newly independent nation has been affected by the violence
More than 40,000 civilians have taken refuge in the UN bases in the country and the United Nations has said that more than 62,000 people have been displaced by the fighting which has now spread to more than 5 states of the nation.
Talking at a news conference in Philippines on Sunday, the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the UN plans to send resources from other peacekeeping missions in the region to South Sudan, a landlocked country that split from Sudan in 2011.
All the non essential staff has been removed by UN across the border into Uganda. The UN is trying to send more peacekeeping forces to the East African state, as foreign powers urged an immediate end to the fighting.
The violence which began in Juma and quickly spread north has already killed or displaced thousands of residents.
The spike in the violence has forced many countries to evacuate its citizens from the danger zone. The violence has also worried the oil companies who have invested billions of dollars in the oil rich south of the country.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement, “The United States and the United Nations, which has the lead for securing Bor airport in South Sudan, took steps to ensure fighting factions were aware these flights were a humanitarian mission. The U.S. government is doing everything possible to ensure the safety and security of United States citizens in South Sudan. We are working with our allies around the world to connect with and evacuate U.S. citizens as quickly and safely as possible.”