Instability in South Sudan heightens possibility of civil warUpdated: 2013-12-24 PM 4:35:20 (KST)
The violence is escalating between rebel forces led by Vice President Riek Machar and the South Sudan government.
The rebels have taken over major towns in the oil-producing region while the international community is on standby for what could be the first civil war in the world's newest country.
The conflict started a week ago when South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir , said forces loyal to Machar attempted to launch a coup, triggering ethnic clashes last week that have so far left hundreds dead.
The UN says some 45-thousand civilians are currently seeking protection at UN bases in South Sudan.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the UN Security Council to add to the 7-thousand strong force in South Sudan, amid the escalating violence there.
Reports say the 15-member council is likely to adopt a resolution approving about 5-thousand more troops and police for the UN peacekeeping mission.
"The United Nations will investigate reports of grave human rights violations and crimes against humanity."
U.S. citizens and foreigners from other countries were evacuated from the rebel-controlled town of Bor to the capital city of Juba over the weekend and on Monday, the United States moved 1-hundred-50 Marines into the unstable state for further evacuations.
Meanwhile, a Korean peacekeeping force is set to receive additional ammunition from Japan to enhance its defense capability, following a Korean government request to the UN.
The unit of 2-hundred-80 engineers and medics is currently providing protection to thousands of refugees, in addition to its work with the UN mission there.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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