Dozens UK Troops Arrive in South Sudan on a Support Mission

Dozens of British troops on Tuesday arrived in South Sudan capital, Juba on a support mission.

The troops are expected to provide engineering and medical support to other troops under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Their support will subsequently help ease the delivery of humanitarian aid.

UNMISS in a statement acknowledged of the troop’s arrivals saying the Royal Engineers will conduct tasks at the U.N. Camps to improve accommodation, routes, security and drainage, as well as the construction of a jetty on the River Nile and a helicopter landing site.

South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, plunged into civil turmoil in 2013 just two years after attaining independence from neighbouring Sudan.

President Salva Kiir fired his Deputy Vice President, Riek Machar accusing him of making attempt to overthrow his government.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence in a statement said 35 troops had landed in Juba to bolster a more than 200-strong deployment of British personnel already in the country.

The force number will rise to nearly 400 in the coming months, making it one of the Britain’s largest operational deployments.

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