Italian airforce lifts nationals, India sends plane to Juba


At least 30 Italian citizens have left South Sudan following an outbreak of violence in the capital, according to a statement by Italy’s foreign ministry Wednesday.

“This morning an airplane of the Italian Air Force took off from the capital of South Sudan with on board 30 Italian citizens who have decided to leave Juba following the recent events,” reads the statement.

The Italians will be accommodated in Italy’s military base in Djibouti and subsequently follow on to their final destinations.

“On board of the plane… are also European Union citizens who asked for help to leave the Country,” adds the statement.

The operation was carried out by Italy’s Crisis Management Unit in coordination with governments of other EU countries.

Indian embassy planning to evacuate citizens from Juba today

The Government of India has made arrangements to evacuate “all Indian nationals” from Juba by special aircraft on 14 July, today, according to a statement on the website of the country’s embassy in Juba.

“All Indian nationals are advised to get in touch with the Embassy of India in Juba immediately to avail this special facility on July 14, 2016 and obtain details of arrival and departure. Nationals should rest assured that additional flights will be pressed in service if required,” reads the notice posted Tuesday.

On Monday, the embassy had already issued an advisory saying that Indian nationals desirous of departing South Sudan could register themselves at the email with their name, passport number, destination in India and contact information in both India and South Sudan in preparation for evacuation.

“It is important to have exact number of Indian nationals seeking facility of evacuation to make arrangements.”

The embassy also advised Indians in Juba to avoid all non-essential movement.


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