Evacuations of foreigners from Sudan began amid a fragile truce

Smoke from buildings during clashes between paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in North Khartoum, Sudan. April 22, 2023. REUTERS/ Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File (MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/)

The process of evacuation of the foreign trapped in Sudan since last Saturday it started today for some countries like Saudi Arabiawhich repatriated its citizens and other “sister” nations by boatWhile the truce of three days between the military rivals that began yesterday by the Aid al Fitrthe festival that marks the end of the holy month of ramadanit is practically broken.

A total of 158 people were repatriated by Saudi Arabiathe first country that has carried out this civil evacuation since the beginning of the conflict and that has carried it out by land until port sudanin eastern Sudan and facing the Arab kingdom, only separated by the Red Seathe Saudi state broadcaster reported Al Ijbariya.

From Port Sudan five Saudi ships came to the rescue of their compatriots and other nationalities, which were not disclosed by Riyadh, to arrive at the coastal city of jeddahaccording to the source, who added that among the repatriates is the crew of the Saudi Airlines who was shot right at the beginning of the conflict between the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group (FAR) at the airport Khartoum.

Jordan is following the same path as Saudi Arabia with about 300 of its nationals and Kuwait he also reported that his compatriots had been rescued on the ships chartered by Saudi Arabia.

Sudan army soldiers.
Sudan army soldiers

Green light for air evacuation… but unsafe

The leader of the Sudanese Army, Abdelfatah al-Burhanannounced today that “in the next few hours” the evacuation of nationals from countries such as United States, Great Britain, France and China by air from Khartoum.

“It is expected that the evacuation process of all the missions whose countries request it will begin in the next few hours, since the United States, Great Britain, France and China will evacuate their diplomats and their citizens by air with military transport planes belonging to their Armed Forces from Khartoum. And said process is scheduled to begin immediately,” said the spokesman for the Armed Forces, Nabil Abdullahit’s a statement.

However, for the moment this has not been the case, since the Embassy of the United States in Sudan announced that due to the insecurity situation in Khartoum and the closure of the international airport,” currently it is not safe to carry out an evacuation”, according to a security alert from the diplomatic legation.

In fact, the general Al Burhan admitted today in an interview with the Saudi chain Al Arabiyareproduced by the Armed Forces, that its units They control all the airports in the country.except for the international one in Khartoum, the largest in Sudan, and the one in Nyala, in the troubled region of Darfur (west).

In the last two days several countries such as The United States, Japan, Spain and South Korea have announced the deployment of aircraft to Djiboutiabout 1,700 kilometers from the Sudanese capital, from where the evacuation will be coordinated.

Children carry a bucket of water during clashes between paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in North Khartoum, Sudan, April 22, 2023. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
Children carry a bucket of water during clashes between paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in North Khartoum, Sudan, April 22, 2023. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah (MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH/)

Truce that is not respected

Fighting between the military rivals resumed in Khartoum in the vicinity of the presidential palace, the General Command of the Army and the areas surrounding the Khartoum airport, while a shell hit a residential neighborhood, killing six peoplethey informed EFE humanitarian sources and witnesses.

Yesterday, both sides accepted the truce proposed by the UN to stop the fighting during three dayscoinciding with one of the most important festivals for Muslims, although has not been respectedlike the other four humanitarian pauses declared since last day 15.

At least 413 people have died and 3,551 have been injured in Sudan since the outbreak of the conflict, according to the latest count released yesterday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The fighting that began on April 15 between the Sudanese Army and the FAR, which has led Sudan to suffer one of the worst crises in its history recently, they arose after weeks of tension over the reform of the security forces in the negotiations to form a new transitional government.

Both forces were the architects of the coup group that overthrew Sudan’s transitional government in October 2021.

(With information from EFE)

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