At least 36000 people displaced by South Sudan violence since Friday

"I strongly urge President Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar to do everything within their power to de-escalate the hostilities immediately and to order their respective forces to disengage and withdraw to their bases", said Ban in a statement. "We need peace", Samson Kenyi, a 34-year-old motorcycle taxi rider said in eht capitla, Juba.

"The safety of Germans, employees of German organizations overseas as well as our own embassy staff has the highest priority", the foreign office said, adding that Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier had spoken with his counterpart in South Sudan, Deng Alor, on Sunday evening asking that the authorities do everything to ensure the safety of German nationals and end the conflict. These things they just happen again and again, and the people of South Sudan are suffering.

The IGAD council of ministers, held its 56 extraordinary summit in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday under the chairmanship of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, the minister of foreign affairs for Ethiopia, and the chairperson of the IGAD council of ministers.

At least 36,000 people have fled their homes in Juba since heavy fighting erupted in the South Sudanese capital on Friday (July 8), the United Nations said on Tuesday (July 12).

Despite, the call for calm, gun fighting has continued to escalate, claiming lives.

When the country got independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, after a popular referendum, the move had been seen as the beginning of a new era for peace and prosperity in the world's newest country.

South Sudan's dire economic straits are another factor.

"President Salva Kiir, who was leading the country, accused his vice president, Riek Machar, of an attempted coup [in 2013]. It makes a mockery of commitments to peace", the United Nations chief said on Monday, calling for an arms embargo and sanctions on parties not committed to peace.

The U.S. Embassy, Doctors Without Borders and the International Medical Corps were among organizations pulling out their staffs from South Sudan. People have also been advised not to travel to South Sudan till the situation improves.

Since civil war erupted in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, over 1.61 million people have been displaced internally and 719,200 have fled to neighbouring countries.

The UN Security Council had urged both sides to stop fighting, amid fears for the safety of millions of civilians.

The U.S. Embassy issued an alert saying that fighting between government and opposition forces was ongoing at the United Nations mission's headquarters, the Jebel area of the city and near the airport.

How many have been killed in fighting between the factions is unclear. "They are not stopping it".

Also today, two Chinese UN peacekeepers were killed when their convoy was hit by a tank shell. "I'm appalled by these indiscriminate attacks on civilians and peacekeepers".

Machar is a former rebel leader who became vice president under a deal to end a two-year civil war.

Civil war broke out when soldiers from Kiir's Dinka ethnic group disarmed and targeted troops of Machar's Nuer ethnic group.

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