Self-Defense Force transport planes are on their way to South Sudan to help evacuate Japanese nationals trapped by the fighting between government and opposition forces.
Japanese media reported that three C-130 transport planes left the Air Self-Defense Force Komaki Base in Aichi Prefecture Monday evening.
The planes will head first to the African nation of Djibouti, the base of the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s anti-piracy mission, to prepare for the evacuation.
About 70 Japanese nationals are in South Sudan and at least 44 have been stranded in the capital, Juba.
Chinese peacekeepers killed
Two United Nations Peace Keepers were killed in the capital Juba on Sunday.
The Chinese UN peacekeepers armoured vehicle came under fire while on a routine patrol.
One peacekeeper died on spot, the second one died later in hospital on Monday while six others were severely injured.
The Chinese ministry of Defense said it was deeply shocked and strongly condemned the attack.
China has 800 troops to South Sudan under the UN Mission.
Spain condemns the fighting
Spain expressed its concern at the fresh outbreak of violence in South Sudan, which has cost the lives of more than 100 people and which threatens to further deteriorate the already complicated humanitarian situation in the country.
The Government of Spain on Monday called for calm and restraint, and urges the government and political leaders to follow the road map established in the peace agreements signed back in August 2015.
The recent commitment to form a transitional government of national unity shows that inclusive dialogue and agreement are possible, the stamen said.
“This is the only way for the country to improve its conditions of security and prosperity five years on from the birth of South Sudan as an independent State.”
Spain reiterated its firm commitment to continue working with the international community through the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union, so that South Sudan can overcome the present crisis and progress towards stability and prosperity.