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Last-minute call for Britons hoping to escape Sudan as UK flights open up to foreign NHS doctors

British nationals who wanted to leave Sudan by midday local time had to decide quickly. NHS doctors without UK passports can now take final rescue flights.

Foreign Office urged anyone still in Africa to go to the Wadi-Seedna Airfield near Khartoum before 12pm local time (11:30am UK time), to be processed.

Local time is 6pm UK time.

Picture: MoD has flown more than 1,500 British citizens out. Picture: MoD

The number of Britons who arrived at the airport before the deadline had dramatically dropped. A “trickle” showed up over a period of several hours.


Children were among the British troops who helped those in need, according to pictures released by the Ministry of Defence.

So far, 13 flights have flown more than 1,500 passengers out of Sudan .

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There is now a confirmed plan to evacuate foreign NHS doctors and their dependents, as well.

A spokesperson stated: “We can offer this increased eligibility because of the efforts made by the staff and the military in delivering this evacuation, the largest of any Western country.

“We continue working intensively with international partners to maintain the ceasefire, and to bring an end the fighting. This is the most important thing that we can do for the safety of British citizens and other nationals in Sudan.”

This comes after criticisms of the speedy British evacuation. The British were given more time to evacuate because agreed on a 72-hour extension of the ceasefire between two warring parties.

The army has been fighting a rival paramilitary group in the capital, and the surrounding areas. This includes air strikes, artillery and tanks.

Tens of thousands have fled the violence between the military and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which has derailed an internationally-backed transition towards democratic elections.

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Sudan: ‘It’s sheer chaos’

The violent power struggle in Darfur has also reignited a conflict that lasted for two decades and could trigger instability throughout the entire volatile region.

Fighting has caused food shortages and power outages, as well as forcing many hospitals to shut down.

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According to the United Nations (which believes that the casualties are much higher), at least 512 people were killed and nearly 4,200 others injured.

Both sides accuse each other of violating the latest ceasefire brokered by foreign power, which is supposed to last till Sunday midnight.


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