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Violence spurs Japan to evacuate workers from South Sudan

  • In this photo taken Sunday, July 10, 2016, black smoke is seen rising above the capital Juba, in South Sudan. Explosions and heavy weapons gunfire are shaking South Sudan's capital Juba Monday in the fifth day of clashes between government and opposition forces, raising the specter of a return to civil war. (Iain McLellan via AP)

    In this photo taken Sunday, July 10, 2016, black smoke is seen rising above the capital Juba, in South Sudan. Explosions and heavy weapons gunfire are shaking South Sudan's capital Juba Monday in the fifth day of clashes between government and opposition forces, raising the specter of a return to civil war. (Iain McLellan via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, July 11, 2016 photo, a Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130 transport plane takes off from Komaki Base in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, for South Sudan.  Japan has urged dozens of Japanese nationals including aid agency workers in South Sudan’s capital of Juba to leave the country and dispatched military aircraft for evacuation amid renewed fighting in the African nation.   (Yoshiaki Sakamoto/Kyodo News via AP)

    In this Monday, July 11, 2016 photo, a Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130 transport plane takes off from Komaki Base in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, for South Sudan. Japan has urged dozens of Japanese nationals including aid agency workers in South Sudan’s capital of Juba to leave the country and dispatched military aircraft for evacuation amid renewed fighting in the African nation. (Yoshiaki Sakamoto/Kyodo News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Japan has urged dozens of Japanese nationals including aid workers in South Sudan's capital of Juba to leave the country and dispatched military aircraft to evacuate them amid renewed fighting in the African nation.

Japan sent C-130 transport aircraft to Djibouti on Africa's eastern coast, though it's unclear how they will travel the 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) between Juba and Djibouti.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that the government was doing its utmost to protect the Japanese. He said Japanese defense troops building roads and infrastructure will stay.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency, a government-funded organization, said its more than 40 staffers were safe and standing by at home to be evacuated. JICA contractors were killed in a militant attack in Bangladesh this month.