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Lebanese in South Sudan fine: Minister
A U.S. Special Forces trainer conducts a military assault drill for a unit within the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) during an exercise in Nzara on the outskirts of Yambio November 29, 2013. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
A U.S. Special Forces trainer conducts a military assault drill for a unit within the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) during an exercise in Nzara on the outskirts of Yambio November 29, 2013. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
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BEIRUT: The Lebanese residents of the embattled South Sudan are doing fine, despite clashes between armed factions for the fourth day in the country, caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour said Wednesday.

“The Lebanese residing in South Sudan are okay and the situation is currently calm,” said the minister who is in the Ivory Coast on an official visit.

Gun battles that erupted Sunday night between army factions split along ethnic lines focused around two army barracks next to the capital in what the government called a coup attempt. South Sudan's wanted opposition leader Riek Machar, however, denied on Wednesday government accusations that he tried to stage a coup, saying the president was using the claim as an excuse to purge political rivals.

According to media reports, the Lebanese population in South Sudan is estimated at about 900 individuals.

 
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