Kenya Airways suspends flights to South Sudan over clashes

Kenya Airways suspends flights to South Sudan over clashes

Kenya Airways says it has suspended its flights to South Sudan’s capital Juba where renewed fighting between rival army factions erupted on Sunday.

The announcement was made on their Twitter account;

The airline said in a statement that its daily flights to Juba would remain halted until the situation there normalized.

Sunday’s fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar came less than two days after clashes between the rival factions outside the presidential palace killed at least 271 people.

The clashes came at a time when South Sudan was marking its fifth year since independence and amid efforts to implement a ceasefire.
A spokeman for Vice President Machar earlier said there was heavy fighting at Juba International Airport while there are unconfirmed reports that Machar’s forces have taken control of the airport.

Kiir and Machar called for calm after the Friday clashes. They said they were meeting at the presidential palace over a previous shootout between their troops that left five soldiers killed when the gun battle broke out.

Source: Xinhuanet

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