Fighting Returns to South Sudan

    In this handout image from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan taken on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 a United Nations soldier stands guard as civilians arrive at UNMISS compound adjacent to the Juba International Airport to take refuge. Sporadic gunfire rang out in the capital, Juba, overnight as the military "cleared out remnants" of a faction of soldiers accused of mounting a coup attempt, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday amid an ongoing hunt for the former deputy president who is accused of leading the failed plot. (AP Photo/UNMISS/Rolla Hinedi)

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    Fighting in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, has left over sixty soldiers dead after President Salva Kiir's security forces put down an attempted coup by supporters of his former deputy, Riek Machar. Kiir said the clashes started when uniformed men opened fire at a meeting of the ruling party on Sunday night. The death toll only reflects the number of people who died in hospitals, as the Health Ministry undersecretary says: “Whoever died outside the hospital, we don’t have their numbers.” As a result of the clashes, Kiir has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

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