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Liveblog: Zimbabwe unrest prompts military action

Political unrest in Zimbabwe has prompted an increasing military presence in an attempt to remedy the “country’s suffering,” according to a statement made by a military official on state broadcaster ZBC.

The official said that President Robert Mugabe and his wife are safe. However, South African President Jacob Zuma said in an interview with SABC News that he is “fine but confined in his home.”

Isaac Moyo, Zimbabwe’s ambassador in South Africa, dismissed talks of a coup and said that the government was “intact.”

The US embassy in Harare, the country’s capital, tweeted that it would be closed to the public on Wednesday with minimal staff because of “ongoing uncertainty.” US citizens in Zimbabwe were also advised to shelter in place until further notice:

A similar tweet was sent from the UK Foreign Office, advising Brits in Harare to “remain safely at home or in their accommodation until the situation becomes clearer.”

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