Failed coup attempt in S. Sudan left at least 400 dead:…

first_imgJUBA – According to the United Nations, over 10,000 civilians have sought refuge at two of its compounds in Juba.At least 400 people were killed and 800 injured in clashes that accompanied South Sudan’s failed coup attempt, medical sources said Wednesday.An earlier death toll announced by the Health Ministry had put the number at 66, while South Sudanese security sources said that at least 120 people had been killed in the violence. According to the United Nations, over 10,000 civilians have sought refuge at two of its compounds in Juba.“The mission is taking every possible step to ensure their safety while they are staying on UNMISS [United Nations Mission in South Sudan] premises,” Hilde Johnson, special representative of the UN secretary-general, said in a statement.On Monday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir announced that the army had successfully quashed a coup attempt by troops loyal to sacked vice-president Riek Machar.A government spokesman said Tuesday that ten people had been arrested for suspected involvement in the coup.In July, Kiir abruptly sacked Machar – along with the entire government – and drew up a special committee to investigate allegations of government corruption.Last year, Kiir had sent a letter to 75 current and former government officials suspected of embezzling some $4 billion over a six-year period starting from 2005.Kiir has recently come under fire from senior members of the ruling SPLM who accuse him of failing to adequately run both the party and the nascent country.US orders departure of non-essential embassy staff from S. Sudan’s JubaThe US embassy in South Sudan said Wednesday that all non-essential embassy personnel had been ordered to depart the country amid ongoing clashes in capital Juba, despite government claims that a coup attempt had been quashed.The embassy said it would assist all US citizens wishing to leave Juba.“Citizens who wish to take advantage of flights arranged by the [US] Department of State should arrive at the Juba Airport no later than 10:30 this morning,” read an embassy press statement.On Monday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir announced that the army had successfully suppressed an attempted coup by troops loyal to sacked vice-president Riek Machar.On Tuesday, a government spokesman said that ten people had been arrested for suspected involvement in the putsch.According to medical sources, at least 400 people were killed and 800 injured in clashes in Juba that accompanied the failed coup attempt.Early this month, SPLM leaders gave vent to unprecedented criticism of Kiir, claiming that he favored a small clique within the party at the expense of other party members, which, they asserted, had led to the polarization of the movement.last_img

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