Saudi Arabia concludes evacuation of citizens, foreigners from conflict-ridden Sudan
Saudi Arabia has concluded the humanitarian evacuation of its citizens and other foreigners from conflict-ridden Sudan on Friday.
The total number of civilians evacuated by Saudi-flagged ships and the Royal Saudi Air Force is 8,455, including 404 Saudis, and others from 110 nationalities. The Kingdom also aided several countries in evacuating 11,184 people from Sudan.
The Saudi foreign ministry thanked “brothers in Sudan” for cooperating to facilitate the evacuation operations.
Fighting that erupted on April 15 between army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the RSF, has killed more than 750 people.
The violence has also prompted hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes, with the number of people internally displaced within Sudan more than doubling in a week to more than 700,000, the UN’s migration agency said.
On Thursday, US-Saudi mediated talks between Sudan’s army and the RSF in Jeddah made a slight breakthrough after signing an agreement that commits to protecting Sudanese civilians.
The Jeddah Talks will continue with an aim to achieve a ceasefire for around 10 days to facilitate concrete steps, such as the safe delivery of humanitarian aid and withdrawal of forces from hospitals.
The talks will also discuss arrangements for further discussions to reach a permanent end to hostilities eventually.