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Eighty-six Petronas employees and other Malaysians working for the national oil company’s operations have been safely evacuated from South Sudan since last week,  news agency Bernama said.

Kuala Lumpur-based Petronas said in a statement that only a small number of essential staff members and other Malaysian workers remained in South Sudan and they were all safe and accounted for.

“Petronas, together with its partners, has shut down field operations in South Sudan with the exception of its North Eastern Block. Petronas is monitoring the situation very closely and is in constant communication with Wisma Putra [the Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs] to assess the situation,” the statement said.

Clashes between rival groups of soldiers in the capital Juba a week ago have spread across the country, which won its independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of war, Bernama reported.