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S. Korea to delay rotation of troops in South Sudan over virus concerns

All News 09:35 March 05, 2020

SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has decided to delay the rotational deployment of a new peace-keeping contingent of troops to South Sudan over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, military officials said Thursday.

The 12th batch of about 300 troops had been scheduled to begin shipping out to the African country next week to replace the current contingent of the Hanbit Unit, which has carried out U.N. peacekeeping operations in the war-torn nation since 2013.

Rotation takes place every eight months.

"But the deployment will be postponed for about two weeks as of now, although it's subject to change," a Joint Chiefs of Staff officer here said, adding that the decision was made out of growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

South Korea began troop deployment to South Sudan at the U.N.'s request in accordance with a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at assisting peaceful reconstruction work.

South Sudan declared its independence from its Arab-dominated northern neighbor Sudan in July 2011 after decades of civil war that killed more than 2 million people.

As of Wednesday, South Korea had reported 5,621 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. In the military, 34 people have tested positive, according to the authorities.

Members of South Korea's Hanbit unit, surrounded by young kids, spray disinfectant at a protection-of-civilians site where about 2,300 war-displaced people are being sheltered in the city of Bor in South Sudan's Jonglei State, on July 9, 2015. (Yonhap)


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