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.