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‘It’s terrible’: Inside the new UK operations base in Sudan, civilians wait for their chance of escape

The new British consular office is located in the Coral Hotel, a replica of the British colonial governor’s house across the street from Port Sudan.

After a Turkish plane was shot at as it approached the runway, the UK moved its operations base from Wadi Saeedna to Omdurman. This is about 14 miles (22kms) away from Khartoum.

According to a senior Sudanese commander, Sky News, the plane did not follow the flight path agreed upon and was deemed a possible threat.

British citizens traveling to Wadi-Saeedna military bases had complained about the lack of security on the route.


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The UK’s Sudanese evacuation centre

British diplomats evacuated from Sudan in a special operation a week after the conflict began. The UK government was criticized for not evacuating their citizens.

On 25 April, civil evacuation missions were announced.

The Foreign Office confirmed that it has ended its rescue efforts Saturday night. “The last evacuation aircraft departed Wadi Saidna airfield at 2220 Sudan time (9pm BST on 29 April).

Image: People trying to escape the fighting gather at the Coral Hotel’s wait area

Few British citizens are left to evacuate the Coral Hotel. By the time Britain began its evacuation efforts, many had already escaped via Egypt and other rescue missions.

Other people who arrived in Port Sudan were transported by the first three Saudi Arabian ships across the Red Sea for 10 hours to Jeddah.


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Image: People awaiting evacuation from Port Sudan

The rooms are filled with Sudanese Americans and Sudanese citizens who have UK and EU entry visas.

Hundreds of people are sleeping in the port and on the hard ground.

Maowia is a Sudanese American citizen. She says, “I wish my family had these documents to leave because there’s nothing good going on.”

I feel bad for them, because their situation is bad.

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