Over 2,000 South Sudanese airlifted from Sudan

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IOM staff receives returnees from Kosti, Sudan at Juba airport

More than 2,000 South Sudanese have been airlifted from the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says many of the passengers were previously stranded at the Kosti way station 300 kilometres south of Khartoum for several months.

According to the agency, about 12,000 South Sudanese are expected to return from Sudan.

IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says that after some initial challenges the airlift is now proceeding smoothly.

"Since Monday when we started this operation, we have now airlifted nearly 2,000 persons to Juba and as I am speaking here another flight is on the way to Juba bringing the number to 2,600 by the end of this day. We have been making four rotations per day but soon this will be increased to six rotations."

(Duration: 24")

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