May 28, 2024

US Evacuates Private Citizens from Sudan for the First Time Since War Outbreak in the Capital

Protestors clash with police in Khartoum, Sudan during a protest against the October military takeover of the transitional government, November 17, 2021 © 2021 AP Photo/Marwan Ali
Protestors clash with police in Khartoum, Sudan during a protest against the October military takeover of the transitional government, November 17, 2021 © 2021 AP Photo/Marwan Ali

The United States has evacuated private citizens from Sudan for the first time since the outbreak of the war in the capital. According to officials, 200 to 300 American citizens and permanent residents were evacuated from Sudan via a bus convoy that traveled 500 miles to reach the Red Sea via Port Sudan.

The operation, which began on Friday, was closely monitored by unmanned aircraft that provided armed overwatch to ensure the safety of the convoy. The evacuation marks the first time that the US has conducted a land evacuation from Sudan since the war began, and is a significant achievement for the US military and diplomatic efforts.

Prior to the land evacuation, US special operations troops briefly visited Khartoum on April 22 to airlift out American staffers at the embassy and other government personnel. However, this latest operation involved the evacuation of private US citizens who were at risk due to the ongoing conflict in the region.

The war in Sudan has caused widespread chaos and has led to thousands of people fleeing the capital of Khartoum and nearby battle zones. Despite the efforts of a range of international mediators, including African and Arab nations, the United Nations, and the United States, a series of fragile temporary cease-fires have failed to stop the clashes.

The diplomatic efforts have, however, created enough of a lull for tens of thousands of Sudanese to flee to safer areas and for foreign nations to evacuate thousands of their citizens by land, air, and sea.

The initial evacuation of American citizens is a significant step in ensuring the safety and security of those who are at risk due to the ongoing conflict in Sudan. As a developing story, further updates are expected in the coming days.

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