- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The president of South Sudan said soldiers who were loyal to the former deputy who attempted a coup have been put down and controlled, following a tense nighttime battle the saw both sides trading massive gunfire.

The BBC said that President Salva Kiir announced that several have been arrested, and a curfew placed on the area remains in place for the time being.

Meanwhile, hundreds fearing retribution have fled to a nearby U.S. military base, seeking refuge, BBC reported. And even though the uprising has been halted, battles in key spots in the nation continue to pose a problem for the government.

Hilde Johnson, the U.N.’s special representative to the country, said she was “deeply concerned” about the ongoing violence and said “all parties” should “cease hostilities immediately and exercise restraint,” the BBC reported.

At least one airport has been closed, and various broadcast media operations have been shut.