10,000 people fleeing fighting in Sudan cross into Egypt in 4 days: Transportation ministry

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Apr 2023

The Ministry of Transportation announced on Wednesday that between 21 April and 25 April, a significant number of individuals from various nationalities, totaling 10,194, entered Egypt through the Egyptian-Sudanese border crossings.

Wadi Karkar
Passengers fleeing war-torn Sudan disembark at the Wadi Karkar bus station near the Egyptian city of Aswan, on April 25, 2023. AFP


According to the ministry’s breakdown, 1,297 individuals crossed through the Qustul border crossing into Egypt during the specified period, whereas 8,897 people crossed the Arqeen border crossing.

The ministry noted that foreign embassies in Egypt coordinated with relevant authorities in the country to receive foreign citizens returning from Sudan, including China and Hungary.

The Internal and International Land Transport Regulatory Authority provided buses to transport the returnees from Sudan through the Arqin crossing to all parts of Egypt.

​The ministry also revealed that it coordinated with Egyptian truck drivers in Dongola and Khartoum to transport students and a number of Egyptian families to the Arqin crossing.

Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir also directed the operation of three additional train trips to accommodate the growing number of Egyptians returning from Sudan and to facilitate their travel from Upper Egyptian governorates to Cairo.

The ministry also highlighted the mutual cooperation with the Egyptian Red Crescent which opened a relief center earlier this week presenting necessary meals and medications for returnees from Sudan.

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

According to the latest statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, 2,679 Egyptian citizens have been evacuated from Sudan so far.

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