About 40 U.S. soldiers were rushed to Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, to speed the evacuation of embassy personnel and American citizens caught in renewed fighting between rival ethnic groups, the U.S. State Department announced Wednesday. The troops, from the U.S. Africa Command’s Crisis Response Force, will protect the U.S. Embassy and help evacuate non-essential embassy staff, said Samantha Reho, spokeswoman of the U.S. Africa Command. The U.S. State Department announced an “ordered departure” of the embassy of non-essential employees, earlier this week, as fighting between rival ethnic groups loyal to South Sudan’s president and vice president erupted again as the country reached the fifth anniversary of its independence from Sudan.
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Newsline: U.S. troops to evacuate embassy amid heavy fighting in South Sudan