U.S. Evacuating Embassy, Staff in South Sudan

The move comes after an uptick in violence in the country’s capital.

Thousands of Southern Sudanese wave the flag of their new country during a ceremony in the capital Juba on July 09, 2011 to celebrate South Sudan's independence from Sudan. South Sudan separated from Sudan to become the world's newest nation. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jordain Carney
Dec. 17, 2013, 10:06 a.m.

The United States is or­der­ing all non-emer­gency per­son­nel out of South Su­dan and tem­por­ar­ily clos­ing its em­bassy, the State De­part­ment an­nounced on Tues­day.

The move comes as the U.S. gov­ern­ment is is­su­ing a travel warn­ing, re­com­mend­ing that all Amer­ic­ans cur­rently in the Afric­an coun­try “de­part im­me­di­ately.”

“Cir­cum­stances there have got­ten worse and we re­main deeply con­cerned about de­vel­op­ments in South Su­dan,” White House spokes­per­son Jay Car­ney said on Tues­day. “We are mon­it­or­ing the situ­ation closely”¦ We want to see an end to the vi­ol­ence, and for South Su­dan to get back to work­ing to­ward real­iz­ing the vis­ion it ar­tic­u­lated at its in­de­pend­ence.”

The de­cision comes as the coun­try —which split from Su­dan in 2011— has seen in­creased vi­ol­ence. South Su­dan Pres­id­ent Salva Kiir man­dated a curfew on Monday after he said that gov­ern­ment forces stopped an at­tempt by mil­it­ants loy­al to Riek Machar, a former mem­ber of Kiir’s gov­ern­ment who was dis­missed in Ju­ly, to stage a coup, The Los Angeles Times re­ports.


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