Sudan’s military said on Saturday it had begun evacuating foreign diplomats and nationals from the country after a week of fighting that hampered rescue efforts.
According to the army statement, the Saudi diplomats were evacuated from Port Sudan by plane. He added that the UK, US, France and China would send military planes to Khartoum to evacuate their diplomats in the coming hours.
A French official declined to confirm a Sudanese claim that the evacuation of French diplomats was about to begin.
British officials warned of an evacuation in the “coming hours” but did not rule out the possibility that diplomats would be moved over the weekend.
Embassy of the United States in Khartoum he said in a Tweet that the precarious security situation in Khartoum and the closure of the airport made it unsafe for the government-coordinated evacuation of American private citizens.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak chaired an emergency COBR meeting on Saturday morning with key ministers, including Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, reflecting London’s concerns about the situation in Sudan.
Fierce fighting between Sudan’s armed forces and a powerful paramilitary group last weekend paralyzed Khartoum’s airport, where several civilian planes were destroyed. Foreign governments raced against time to evacuate their citizens.
Saudi Arabian television showed a naval ship docked in Jeddah carrying Saudis and other nationalities and said four more ships were expected with 108 evacuees from 11 countries.
The fight is a power struggle between General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the army led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, better known as Hemeti, Sudan’s vice president and commander of the Rapid Support Force.
More than 400 people were killed, including at least four UN aid workers, and more than 3,500 were injured. The US State Department confirmed that one US citizen was killed in the fighting, but did not provide further details.
Three employees of the World Food Program and one employee of the International Organization for Migration were also killed, an American diplomatic convoy was attacked, and the Norwegian residence was hit by a missile. Other diplomatic delegations were also attacked.