President Obama Puts South Sudan on Notice

The president is closely monitoring the unrest in South Sudan after four U.S. service members were attacked near Bor. 

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Though the president is on his annual vacation in Hawaii, he told Congress that he is closely monitoring the unrest in South Sudan, the Los Angeles Times reports.

On Saturday, four U.S. service members were wounded after an aircraft attempting to evacuate the Americans was attacked in Bor, the capital of Jonglei State in the Republic of South Sudan.

The attack caused three U.S. aircrafts to abort a rescue mission of Americans and non-Americans who are in the middle of escalating violence and fear of a possible civil war in the newly formed African country.

According to a statement Sunday from State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, 380 U.S. officials and private citizens—as well as 300 citizens of other nations—were evacuated from South Sudan on chartered flights and military aircraft, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"As I monitor the situation in South Sudan, I may take further action to support the security of U.S. citizens, personnel and property, including our embassy in South Sudan," Obama said.

"The U.S. government is doing everything possible to ensure the safety and security of United States citizens in South Sudan … For their safety and security, we will not outline specific evacuation plans," the statement said, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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