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Conflict in Sudan: the army hopes to evacuate foreign diplomats, more than 400 dead to date



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Rapid Support Forces attempt to seize airport, heavy shelling
16,000 US citizens fear being trapped in Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan). Sudan’s military on Saturday expressed hope to evacuate foreign diplomats as fighting continued in the capital, including at the country’s main airport. The military said it was coordinating efforts to evacuate diplomats from the United States, Britain, China and France out of Sudan by military planes. The army said that the army chief general, Abdul Fatah Burhan, had spoken with the leaders of various countries and requested the safe evacuation of their citizens and diplomats from Sudan.

Deadly clashes in Sudan have so far claimed more than 400 lives, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Clashes between the Sudanese army and a powerful paramilitary group in and around Khartoum have left countries scrambling to repatriate their citizens, with evacuations becoming too risky. With the main airport in the heart of the capital Khartoum closed, various countries have asked their citizens to take refuge in safer places until they prepare their evacuation plans.

Heavy bombardment at the Rapid Support Forces airport
A paramilitary group called the Rapid Support Forces opened heavy fire in an attempt to seize the airport. Burhan said the Saudi diplomats were evacuated from Port Sudan, Sudan’s main Red Sea port, and sent home. He said Jordanian diplomats would also be sent home soon in the same way. Meanwhile, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made arrangements to evacuate Saudi citizens from Sudan. However, officials did not elaborate on the plan.

16,000 US citizens fear being trapped in Sudan
Earlier this week, the US Department of Defense said the Pentagon was sending additional troops and equipment to a naval base in Djibouti, a small country in the Gulf of Aden, for a possible evacuation of personnel from the US Embassy in Sudan. On Friday, the United States said 16,000 American citizens feared being trapped in Sudan. However, he did not plan a coordinated evacuation and asked American citizens to seek refuge in safe places.

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