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Foreign ministry urges Egyptian citizens in Juba to stay home

A ceasefire was signed on Tuesday

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Jul 2016
South Sudan
In this photo taken late Friday, July 8, 2016 and released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), villagers huddle for safety from the fighting between buildings near the UN base and compound in the capital Juba, South Sudan (AP)
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Egypt's foreign ministry urged Egyptian citizens in South Sudan's capital Juba to take extreme care and stay in their places of residence until clashes cease, according to a statement issued late Tuesday, the first day of a ceasefire that followed five days of violence.

The Egyptian embassy in South Sudan is following up and getting in contact with Egyptian citizens to offer help, ambassador Ayman El-Gammal said. 

Forty-five Egyptian citizens were received at the embassy where they are currently seeking refuge, the ambassador said.

Violence erupted in the city last Thursday during the anniversary of the youngest country in the world's independence from Sudan.

The ceasefire was signed between President Salva Kiir and his opponent Vice President Riek Machar.

Flights were still suspended in and out of Juba's international airport until Tuesday, AP reported.

The foreign ministry said it would take the necessary procedures to help Egyptians leave Juba once flights are resumed.

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