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Hundreds Killed In Fighting In South Sudan

The day after a suspected coup attempt, deadly clashes in South Sudan between rival army factions have left hundreds dead, wounded, and displaced.

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Between 400 and 500 civilians in South Sudan have reportedly died in clashes between rival army factions, the UN reported on Tuesday, as fighting continued a day after an suspected failed military coup.

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Fighting broke out on Monday between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir, pictured below, and former vice president Riek Machar, after the president accused Macher of staging a failed coup.

Amid the unrest, Sudanese officials closed the airport and imposed a curfew. The country’s communication networks are largely shut down.

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The United States mission in Juba announced that it was evacuating nonessential personnel, and urged all U.S. citizens to leave.

(1/4) The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens currently in #SouthSudan depart immediately...

U.S. Mission in Juba

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(1/4) The Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens currently in #SouthSudan depart immediately...

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We will provide information on evacuation options in the morning. We do not have further details on such options at this moment. #SouthSudan

U.S. Mission in Juba

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We will provide information on evacuation options in the morning. We do not have further details on such options at this moment. #SouthSudan

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South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. It became independent from Sudan in 2011 in a referendum intended to end decades of fighting. South Sudan is oil-rich, but continues to suffer from underdevelopment and ethnic and political divides.

In July, Kiir dismissed his entire cabinet, including Machar. The move was reportedly seen as an attempt to ease hostilities with Sudan, who disagreed with many of the South Sudanese cabinet members.

The UN has called for an end to hostilities. But many are concerned over what tomorrow may bring as South Sudan's tensions continue to unfold.

Southern Sudanese People fought together as a nation for Independence. Why are leaders now depending on hate against each other?#southsudan

YouthVoices S.Sudan

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Southern Sudanese People fought together as a nation for Independence. Why are leaders now depending on hate against each other?#southsudan

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Terrible developments in South Sudan. Why do we have to be in the news always for the wrong reasons? #Africa #SouthSudan #Poverty

Avusuglo Seth

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Terrible developments in South Sudan. Why do we have to be in the news always for the wrong reasons? #Africa #SouthSudan #Poverty

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Former BuzzFeed World Reporter, Current BuzzFeed News Contributor

Contact Miriam Berger at miriam.berger+done@buzzfeed.com.

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