South Sudan evacuations continue; some locals turned back

But it's been embroiled in a civil war since 2013, as rival political factions have turned to violence.

Even though the fighting had mostly stopped by Tuesday, numerous 45,000 people who fled the clashes searched for food and water, often without success.

Officials have also said Machar's spokesman circulated a false report on the 8 that said Machar was about to be arrested, prompting hundreds of opposition soldiers to race to the presidential compound. Fear of continued fighting left markets bare and provisions scarce.

In the wake of yet another violent collapse of the world's youngest country, the fate of the government and the worldwide humanitarian mission here were thrown into question.

JUBA, 14 July 2016 [Gurtong]: President Salva Kiir Mayardit today said his government will not allow the intervention of more foreign forces to maintain security in South Sudan.

A four-day cease-fire is now holding. Clashes that erupted last week have so far killed almost 300 people, including several dozen civilians, before a ceasefire took effect on Tuesday.

But President Kiir says greater worldwide intervention is not welcome.

Indian nationals arrive from South Sudan's capital Juba at Entebbe International Airport, about 42 kilometers east of capital Kampala, Uganda. AP.

Kiir also said that there should be no more bloodshed in the country as enough has already been shed. "Relatives are collecting the bodies and burying them before they can be counted".

The conflict degenerated into ethnic violence involving Kiir's Dinka tribe and Machar's tribe, the Nuer. An uneasy cease-fire has held in the city for the past three days.

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What is predictable, to an extent, is the weather.

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"This entire operation has been under the direct supervision of Swaraj who had formed a high level task force to monitor the situation in South Sudan", he added.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the USA deployment came at the request of the State Department, amid a fragile ceasefire that has held so far.

It's not the first time the USA military has deployed troops to protect US personnel in South Sudan.

"We are all shocked by that, and we condemn strongly this attack", said the Chinese ambassador to Uganda, Zhao Yali.

UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous is urging an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on leaders who block the peace deal. "The peace deal has to be re-worked in a way that keeps Salva Kiir and Riek Machar out of the balance of power", he said.

As the fighting raged in our neighborhood in South Sudan's capital of Juba, we crammed under a bed. The United Nations denies taking sides in the conflict.

According to the United Nations, there were some 114,000 South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries before December 2013 but that figure has ballooned to 835,000 now.

Tens of thousands were killed.

Despite signing a peace agreement in August, Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar have squandered opportunities to put aside mutual distrust and de-escalate their two-year civil war.

For the first time since fighting erupted a week ago, aid workers emerged from their shelters.

The involvement of military transport aircraft from India, Germany, Japan and other countries is partly due to the suspension of commercial flight into and out of Juba.

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