The US military has evacuated the staff of the US embassy in Khartoum, US President Joe Biden said on Saturday. He added that due to the ongoing fighting in Sudan, Washington is temporarily suspending its embassy.
President of the USA Joe Biden said on Saturday that the US military had conducted an operation to evacuate US government personnel from the Sudanese capital. In his statement, he said he receives regular reports from his team on their ongoing work to assist the Americans in Sudan to the extent possible and is working with allies and partners in this effort.
The US Secretary of State also wrote about the evacuation of personnel and their families in a statement Anthony Blinken. “We will continue to help Americans in Sudan plan for their own security and provide regular updates to U.S. citizens in the area,” he added, reiterating his calls on the warring parties to urgently extend and expand the ceasefire.
Fewer than 100 people were evacuated
Fewer than 100 people were evacuated in total in the operation. Among those who left the Sudanese capital, there were also diplomats from other countries.
The Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF) “confirmed full cooperation with all diplomatic missions, providing them with all necessary means of protection and safe return to their countries.”
It announced its first major civilian evacuation operation on Saturday Saudi Arabiawhich repatriated 91 nationals and 66 foreign nationals.
Also for a few days South Korea and Japan are deploying forces in neighboring countries to evacuate their diplomats and citizens from Sudan, and the European Union is considering similar steps.
Fighting continues despite the truce
The Sudanese army said on Friday evening that it had agreed to a three-day truce in nearly a week of fighting. Earlier, the parties to the conflict had announced a ceasefire several times, but each time military operations were quickly resumed.
Despite the cease-fire, shootings broke out periodically in Khartoum on Saturday and there were also airstrikes, the BBC reported.
World Health ORganisation 413 people have been killed and 3,551 injured in Sudan since the beginning of the fighting between the RSF and the government army.
Main photo source: PAP/EPA/MOHND AWAD