posted on Dec, 22 2013 @ 02:55 AM
JUBA (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft came under fire from unidentified forces on Saturday while trying to evacuate Americans from a spiraling conflict
in South Sudan. The U.S. military said four of its members were wounded in the attacks.
The U.S. aircraft came under fire while approaching the evacuation site, the military's Africa Command said in a statement. "The aircraft diverted
to an airfield outside the country and aborted the mission," it added.
The statement said all of the three Osprey CV-22 aircraft involved in the mission had been damaged.
Looks like the situation in S. Sudan is getting pretty bad. Long story short about what's happening there - It's Government vs Rebel military and
civilians are being killed left and right, and the US is trying to get their people out of there.
So far, nobody has taken responsibility for hitting the 3 Ospreys and downing the UN helicopter yesterday, although the Government said the area that
the Ospreys got hit in is not under their control, meaning the rebels attacked the aircraft.
All 4 injured are in stable condition.
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on
Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the
attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day before.
After the aircraft took incoming fire, they turned around and flew to Entebbe, Uganda. From there the service members were flown to Nairobi, Kenya
aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 for medical treatment, the statement said.
The U.S. Embassy in Juba said it has evacuated at least 450 Americans and other foreign nationals from Juba this week and had hoped to begin
evacuations from Bor. The U.S. Ospreys were hit one day after small arms fire downed a U.N. helicopter in the same state.
22-12-2013 by buni11687 because: (no reason given)
ETA - Also, a small UN peacekeeping base was attacked yesterday
The United Nations said on Friday at least 11 Dinka civilians had been killed during an attack by about 2,000 armed youths from another ethnic
group on a U.N. peacekeeping base in Jonglei state. Two Indian peacekeepers were also killed.
edit on 22-12-2013 by buni11687 because: (no