The Spanish army evacuated more than a hundred foreigners, including a group of Poles, from civil war-torn Sudan on Sunday, according to sources in the Spanish diplomacy and the Ministry of Defense quoted by the media in Madrid.
Sources cited by the Europa Press agency on Sunday evening show that Poles, together with a group of over 30 Spaniards, were among 104 civilians who were transported by planes from the territory Sudan to Djibouti. In total, citizens of 10 countries were on board the planes used by the Spanish army to evacuate civilians: SpainPolish, PortugalIreland, ItalianMexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and Sudan.
Spanish media reports that the operation was carried out by a group of about 200 soldiers. They described the mission as “complicated and dangerous.”
“The evacuated people had to travel on local roads for a 35 km stretch between the Spanish embassy in Khartoum and the Wadi Seidna air base, where the planes were waiting,” reported the daily La Razon, noting that part of this route saw fighting between soldiers subordinate to the Sudanese government and the paramilitary Forces Support (RSF).
On Friday, Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares announced that the Spanish army had sent two planes to Djibouti to evacuate Spaniards and citizens European Union countries and South Africa.
Although he declined to provide details of the action plan at the time, he announced that soon after the people awaiting evacuation were released from Sudan, Spain would close its embassy in the country.
Fighting in Sudan
The conflict between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF) broke out on April 15. As part of the changes proposed by the government, the RSF was to be incorporated into the regular armed forces. However, the generals could not agree on the timing of this, and the political dispute turned into a civil war.
According to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 413 people have been killed and 3,551 injured in Sudan over the past week. The country’s food and water supplies are running out.
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