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US sends more embassy personnel out of South Sudan

Friday - 1/3/2014, 1:02pm  ET

Displaced people wade through mud as they get off a river barge from Bor, some of the thousands who fled the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile, in the town of Awerial, South Sudan Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The international Red Cross said Wednesday that the road from Bor to the nearby Awerial area "is lined with thousands of people" waiting for boats so they could cross the Nile River and that the gathering of displaced is "is the largest single identified concentration of displaced people in the country so far". (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in South Sudan is evacuating more of its personnel because of a deteriorating security situation.

The embassy said Friday that it is organizing another evacuation flight to leave Friday. The embassy has already organized about a dozen flights since fighting broke out Dec. 15.

The embassy did not give a specific reason why it is evacuating more personnel. An anti-government force controls a state capital about 120 kilometers (70 miles) north of the country capital, Juba. South Sudan's military spokesman says that force wants to advance on to Juba.

The embassy said it will no longer provide consular services in South Sudan as of Saturday.

Even as rebels threaten to march on the capital, representatives for the warring parties are holding preliminary peace talks in Ethiopia.


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