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UK to start evacuating diplomats from Sudan as soon as possible

It is believed that the UK will evacuate British diplomatic personnel from Sudan as quickly as possible, but that other British nationals have been advised to remain in place, despite deadly violence in the capital.

UK troops and military planes have moved to a base overseas to prepare for a rescue mission that would involve high risk into a conflict zone, if the order were given.

It is estimated that the number of UK government employees at the embassy in Sudan will be in the low double digits and any evacuation would be limited in size.

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Gunfire continues in Sudan’s capital

The Sudanese Army launched new airstrikes on paramilitaries Saturday in the city.

The fighting between two generals has been raging for the last week, and it’s left hundreds dead. Residents have had to flee in fear and many are without electricity and water.

Saudi Arabia and Jordan launched evacuation missions through a port in the eastern Sudan, on the Red Sea Coast.

The airport at Khartoum has been closed, and the road conditions are dangerous. Even with official help, it is extremely dangerous to leave the country.

On Saturday morning, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak presided over his fourth COBRA emergency meeting regarding the crisis.

In the last few days, there have been multiple meetings between foreign and defence ministers as well as officials. This is a sign that the situation has become complex and fluid.

It is believed that the decision to evacuate British government personnel from Sudan as quickly as possible was taken due to increasing attacks against diplomatic missions.

Image: Khartoum’s capital during the clashes

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The UK has stated that its top priority is to protect British nationals living in the country. This includes support from other UK embassies located in the area as well as through the crisis centre of the Foreign Office.

It was a small comfort to those who were stranded in the middle of a fire and under attack.

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A British national says: “We are being shelled into shreds”

After a week of being stuck in Khartoum by a British national, she said that the embassy had not communicated with her.

Rozan Ahmed said to Sky News: “My only concern is that if you don’t have a plan for me to leave, could you please explain why?”

The Sudanese army has announced that it will assist the UK, France and the US in evacuating their diplomats and other foreign nationals out of Khartoum.

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According to a spokesperson for the Sudanese Armed Forces, both countries plan to evacuate their citizens by military transport aircraft.

The UK declined to provide details about any rescue mission, other than to confirm the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office and Ministry of Defence have been preparing for a “number of contingencies”.

There is no imminent evacuation.


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