U.S. Embassy Personnel Evacuate South Sudan

Officials evacuate some U.S. personnel as cease fire talks begin in troubled region.
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This is a special room. I'm -- company -- this ABC news digital special report it is the world's youngest country and increasingly. One of its most dangerous as a political squabble spiraled. Into deadly street violence. Today the US is evacuated more embassy staff from Sudan's capital of Juba. Sending two KC 130 military planes in from neighboring Uganda. Here's Marie heart from the State Department talking about that operation. -- -- -- -- over 440 US officials and private citizens. And more than 750 citizens of at least 277. Other countries. I'm eight chartered flights and 9 military aircraft this morning there were two more DO DC 130s. And so that is the -- -- in the south Sudan are announcer for more. From Washington I want to bring -- ABC's Chris good on some of the details on this Chris first of what prompted this decision to a banquet are -- -- draw down the US embassy personnel. Well -- security situation there is deteriorating. No one can really get a handle on how bad it is but today it seems pretty dangerous this follows and I moved to remove some other personnel on December 17. -- less essential personnel where were taken out. Similarly evacuated but the -- here remained open for some consular services but this this is really. They got about twenty people out today of the US ambassador remains there. But citizens in the country US citizens are now being directed to the embassy in Kenya. And -- but really it's motivated by just a deteriorating security situation in south Sudan. In fact the US ambassador Susan Page -- -- this out earlier today saying that we are not suspending our operations we are just minimizing. Our presence so obvious that there is still US efforts underway there. But what -- -- over the cease fire talks between the government and the rebels that are now underway in Ethiopia. Well we we don't know much yet and there are talks under way in Ethiopia -- US envoy to Sudan and south Sudan is there. As those talks are unfolding but. It's it's unclear what's gonna come of them it's unclear whether Michelle. The rebel forces are loyal really -- -- cease fire at this point I think people are wondering how willing he used to talk he said that he wants to talkies sent. People to. To talk. -- but nobody knows if there's really going to be a cease fire nobody knows if there really good prospects for that. We'll also what is the State Department doing then as far as providing aid to those that have been displaced him as -- trying to move people out of the country. Right that's that's a huge problem and today. -- when they announced. That that they're evacuating their personal from the embassy there they also announce -- -- 48 million dollars in new aid. That's a total of about 300 million dollars in aid over the past couple years but. It the humanitarian issue situation there's a huge problem there are. Right now the UN says about 60000 people taking refuge in UN camps that number has fluctuated that said it was up to 75000. At one point. It's in the US is is providing more money. -- but really there's there's a risk of overcrowding in these camps the UN has. Has had about 7000 troops in the country -- been wrapping that up to upwards of 141000. So. -- they're trying to keep those people secure evident that. Internal displacement is a huge problem. And number sorry I believe a 180000. In internally and then. Displaced. That's in the tens of thousands in war -- this fighting has happened but it's just a chaotic situation -- numbers that the UN is giving out about how many people are taking refuge. About how many child soldiers are assembling in and marching. And whether they're moving around just keep fluctuating up and and it really seems that even the people in the country are having a hard time. Getting. Good view of what's happening to take us back to tell us a little bit more about south Sudan as far as what started this conflict began -- Well. Over the summer president here dismissed his cabinet and then along with that is sort of deputy. Musharraf who is evident and different. -- -- different at -- so there are two groups that play here. Here is Dinka. -- shark is newer and so really what we -- as this began to unfold. This started with here coming out and saying that there is a failed coup attempt that people who are. Allied with Musharraf had attempted -- -- it was unclear at that point whether there really was a coup attempt -- not a weather. Here was just using this is a pretense to go after -- -- people. What unfolded in the week after that was political violence there were forces allied to care forces allied to -- are basically two sides. Fighting. Limited to soldiers the Carolina on -- sides but that quickly over the course of about a week earlier this month devolved into ethnic violence. And that's what's what the UN has come out and said that there's gross humanitarian violations. Chris human rights violations and it really just evolved very quickly over the course of about a week. And -- -- going to ask general the State Department as providing that briefing. Have they indicated what kind of condition -- or situation. Might elicit the State Department personnel to be returning back to south Sudan. You know they they have not put I asked the Pentagon today what we can expect in terms of the US military response. If if the worst that suspected happens if the -- forces. March on the capital overtake the capital what would the US military do when we see response. And it doesn't sound like they're like there would be the US military has. About 45 personnel in the capital in Juba about a 150 in. In the in this surrounding countries but really -- we don't know when. US diplomatic personnel would go back and we know that we have military personnel the area. That are that are around to respond in a limited fashion and that really would be limited to getting remaining Americans out. But but at this point it's kind of unclear what the response -- -- Waiting to see the developments happen there ABC's Chris good Washington Chris thank you -- that we appreciate that. Of course for all the latest on the fighting in south Sudan and the latest efforts to get Americans out and -- in there. We have a complete report right here and abcnews.com and also we live streaming that State Department briefing that is going on right there as well for now on -- -- New York. With this ABC news digital special report.

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