May 25, 2023

On Saturday, the World Health Organization reported that the death toll from clashes in Sudan had risen to 420, and the number of injuries to 3,700.

And US media, including the Associated Press, reported that more than 420 people, including 264 civilians, were killed and more than 3,700 injured in the clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

And the World Health Organization said, in a statement, on Friday, that the death toll reached 413 dead and 3 thousand and 551 injured.

Sudanese Health Minister Haitham Ibrahim said, in a televised statement, that more than 400 deaths had been recorded in all the country’s hospitals.

However, independent medical committees spoke, through data, of the difficulty of obtaining a complete and accurate number of victims, in light of the lack of access to some of them to hospitals, the spread of corpses in the streets, and the inability to deal with them as a result of the fighting.

Evacuations accelerate

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the evacuations of foreign nationals and diplomats from Sudan were accelerated by countries such as the United States, France, Britain and Germany.

Witnesses told AFP that the sounds of gunfire, explosions and warplanes continued on Sunday in Khartoum, despite calls for calm.

The acceleration of the evacuation of foreign nationals was accompanied by increasing fears about the fate of the Sudanese when these operations are over.

On Sunday, two French military planes arrived in Djibouti, carrying about 200 French nationals and other nationalities who had been evacuated from Sudan, according to the French Foreign Ministry.

On Sunday, Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni announced the evacuation of all her citizens who asked to leave Sudan.

And its foreign minister, Antonio Tiani, said earlier Sunday that the Italian army had evacuated “about 200 people, including Swiss citizens and members of the Apostolic Nunciature.”

And the German army announced that a plane belonging to it headed to Jordan “carrying 101 evacuees,” adding that three A-400-M planes arrived in Sudan for the purpose of evacuation.

In turn, Jordan announced, on Sunday, the evacuation of 343 Jordanians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Syrians and Germans from Sudan on board 4 military planes that took off from Port Sudan International Airport, heading to Marka Military Airport in the capital, Amman.

This came according to a statement by the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement stated: “With royal directives, 4 planes of the Royal Jordanian Air Force took off from Port Sudan International Airport in the brotherly Republic of Sudan, heading to Marka Military Airport in the capital, Amman.”

The statement indicated that the planes “carry on board 343 citizens of the Jordanian community and nationals of the brothers in the State of Palestine, the Republic of Iraq, Syria and friendly Federal Germany.”

On Saturday, Jordan announced the start of evacuating its citizens from Sudan, in coordination with Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

As for Spain, it evacuated about 100 people on board a military plane, including 30 Spaniards, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday night.

And the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported, on Sunday evening, that “436 citizens have been evacuated from Sudan through land evacuation, in coordination with the Sudanese authorities.”

Countries such as Britain, Germany and the United States entrusted their armed forces with carrying out the evacuations.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced London’s completion of a “rapid and complex evacuation” of its diplomats and their families.

And on Sunday, Sweden announced the dispatch of about 150 soldiers to evacuate diplomats and nationals, while Norway confirmed the evacuation of its ambassador and two diplomats.

This came hours after US President Joe Biden confirmed that his country’s forces “carried out an operation” to remove US government employees, affecting more than a hundred people, including foreign diplomats.

These forces used helicopters that moved from Djibouti to Ethiopia and Khartoum, where they stayed at the airport for less than an hour.

In addition, Canada announced that it had temporarily suspended its diplomatic activity, and that its mission was operating from a “safe place outside the country.”

Türkiye announced that it would repatriate its citizens “by land, by passing through another country.”

Traveling by land to Port Sudan was the route adopted by Saudi Arabia in the first announced evacuation of civilians on Saturday, before transporting them across the Red Sea to Jeddah.

Riyadh stated that it had expelled more than 150 of its nationals and nationals of 12 countries on board Saudi navy ships.

The world left the Sudanese “unprotected”

The evacuations raised fears for the fate of Sudanese caught up in the fighting.

“The international players will have less weight after their citizens leave the country,” he says, addressing them by saying, “Do not leave the Sudanese without protection.”

On Sunday, witnesses reported hearing the sounds of battles and gunfire in Khartoum and its environs, accompanied by the flight of warplanes. Air strikes and artillery shelling have so far closed “72 percent of hospitals” in conflict areas, according to the Sudan Doctors Committee.

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