United Nations humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien address a news conference on the recent unrest in South Sudan's capital Juba, August 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jok Solomun
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The United States has asked the U.N. Security Council to send a 4,000-strong regional force to South Sudan's capital of Juba and to impose an arms embargo if the government blocks the deployment.The regional force would come under the command of the U.N. mission known as UNMISS, which has faced criticism for failing to protect tens of thousands of civilians sheltering in its bases.The draft resolution would task the new force with protecting the airport, ensuring free movement in Juba and authorize it to "promptly and effectively" deter any attacks against U.N. personnel or premises.Nearly 300 people died in the violence and two Chinese peacekeepers were killed in an attack on a UN base, where thousands of civilians rushed for safety.
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