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UN Security Council Backs More Troops to Halt War in South Sudan

  • Countries to send 4,000 soldiers over government objections
  • Government forces prevented UN peacekeepers from providing aid

The United Nations Security Council approved an expanded mandate for its peacekeepers and added an additional 4,000 troops to its mission in South Sudan, rebuffing government objections, in a bid to halt an all-out civil war in the oil-producing country.

The Security Council on Friday granted additional powers to peacekeepers enabling them to use "all necessary means" to protect UN personnel and to take "proactive" measures to protect civilians from threats.