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US, British planes airlift nationals from Juba


The U.S. Embassy in Juba has informed resident American citizens that two charter flights will be departing Juba to Entebbe on July 14.

“U.S. citizens wishing to depart on the first flight should arrive to the airport at 8:30 a.m. to be processed,” the embassy said.

“U.S citizens wishing to depart on the second flight should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. to be processed.”

The U.S. Embassy will not collect money for this flight; however, all passengers will be required to complete and sign a DS-5528 promissory letter for the fare, the message reads.

The amount of the loan will be the cost of a full fare ticket from Juba to Entebbe (approximately USD250).

“You must arrange your own transportation to the airport and onward from Juba. Due to ongoing security concerns, please remain vigilant when moving about the city.”

The message asked passengers to bring a valid travel document (passport); one small carryon; and no pets.

“The Embassy continues to monitor the situation and will update you as appropriate.”

The US ambassador to South Sudan, Molly Phee, says South Sudan’s political problems can never be solved through Military means and called for a halt.

“There is no military solution to the political conflict in South Sudan. We strongly condemn the use of violence,” Ambassador Phee spoke with Gabriel Shaddar on Radio Miraya’s “Nationwide” program.

She told Gabriel that the United States remains committed to the people of South Sudan and that it is going to keep its embassy open in order to provide support for American citizens here.

She explained that the United States brought in a small contingent of U.S. military forces today in order to protect the embassy while it supports Americans who want to depart from South Sudan at this time.

The United States will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of South Sudan and to helping resolve the crisis, she said.

“The leaders of South Sudan need to learn how to address their political differences through a political process rather than through the barrel of a gun.”

British government airlifts nationals

The British government is also organising evacuation flights for its citizens.

“If you are a British national and want to take up this offer, call +44 20 7008 0000,” the British government said on its website.

It also said that its consular services will be limited.

“British Embassy staff have been on lock down and have reduced to only essential staff in the country. The Embassy’s ability to offer consular assistance is therefore severely limited,” the British government wrote.

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