Fighting in South Sudan halts flights

East African passenger and cargo operators, Kenyan Airways, Rwanda, Fly 540, Astral Aviation and Siginon, have all announced cancellation of their flights to Juba, the South Sudanese capital. The United States’ White House said on Wednesday that it had deployed 47 troops to South Sudan to protect US citizens and the embassy, after an outbreak of deadly violence in the country.

According to Al Jazeera, At least 272 people were killed in fighting on Friday, Sunday and Monday. There was a pause in the fighting on Saturday, as the two sides marked the fifth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence.