Egypt increases evacuation efforts from Sudan, bringing total over 1,500 citizens

Ahram Online , Tuesday 25 Apr 2023

Egypt evacuated 635 citizens from Sudan on Tuesday, 446 via land and 189 via air, upping the total number of Egyptian evacuees to 1,539.

Egyptian evacuees
Egyptian evacuees from Sudan disembarking upon landing in Cairo on April 24, 2023. AFP


This comes as Sudan’s Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, who have clashed for almost two weeks, agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire early today.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Egypt also evacuated a Sudanese citizen in critical condition via air in coordination with Sudanese authorities.

The ministry added that work is underway to evacuate many Egyptian citizens and their families from an airport near Khartoum as soon as the security situation in the area improves.

Egypt’s Embassy in Sudan, the Egyptian consulates in Khartoum and Port Sudan and the consular office in Wadi Halfa are working around the clock to implement the evacuation plan, the ministry stressed.

Egypt has around 10,000 citizens in Sudan, including 5,000 students, trying to evacuate amid clashes that have killed 427 people, including an Egyptian diplomat and wounded thousands.

Aside from Egyptian citizens, Egypt received many foreign nationals.

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