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UK sends plane to evacuate Britons from South Sudan

Published on Dec 19, 2013 4:07 PM

LONDON (AFP) - The British government on Thursday sent a plane to South Sudan to evacuate Britons seeking to flee the fierce fighting that has killed hundreds of people this week, the Foreign Office said.

"A UK aircraft is en route to Juba to evacuate British nationals who wish to leave from Juba airport on Thursday," a ministry spokeswoman said.

"To date over 150 British nationals have contacted us, many of whom want help leaving the country." Britain had said on Wednesday it was temporarily withdrawing some staff from its embassy in South Sudan's capital Juba, but the Foreign Office spokeswoman said those on the plane would also include non-diplomats.

The United States has used two C-130 military transport planes and a charter aircraft to fly 150 Americans as well as US and foreign diplomats out of the world's newest nation, the State Department said.

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