The dramatic situation in Sudan: The evacuation airport is closed, the airspace unsafe

A week after the start of the conflict in which hundreds of civilians died, separate groups of foreign nationals began to evacuate Sudan today.

As Reuters reports, Khartoum's airport has been repeatedly targeted, and many residents have been unable to leave their homes or get out of the city to safer areas.

The UN and foreign countries have called on the leaders of both sides to respect the ceasefire, which is largely ignored, and to open safe passage for civilians and necessary aid. With the airport closed and airspace unsafe, thousands of foreigners, including embassy staff, aid workers and students in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan, have been unable to leave the country.

The military said yesterday that it will provide security on evacuation routes for citizens of the United States, Great Britain, France and China, while citizens of Saudi Arabia and Jordan have already evacuated via a Red Sea port. Saudi Arabia said it evacuated 157 Saudis and other nationalities late this afternoon. Kuwait, meanwhile, announced that some Kuwaiti citizens had arrived in Jeddah, while Jordan began evacuating 300 of its citizens from Sudan.

The US embassy warned the Americans that there was "incomplete information" about the convoys that had just left Khartoum and that they were traveling at their own risk.

Russia has made lists for evacuation from Sudan, and will also evacuate citizens from member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States, said the Russian ambassador to Sudan, Andrei Chernovol.

The paramilitary Rapid Support Force said it was prepared to partially open all airports in the country to allow evacuations, but the status of Sudan's airports was unclear, according to Reuters.

Khartoum airport announced on Twitter that Sudan's airspace would remain closed to traffic, while the Sudanese doctors' union said more than two-thirds of hospitals in the conflict zones were out of service today.

At least 10 World Food Program vehicles and six other food trucks were seized today from the agency's office and warehouses in Nyali, South Darfur, according to the UN.

Clashes in Sudan erupted on April 15 over a dispute between Sudanese army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who chairs Sudan's Sovereign Council, and Mohamed Hamdan Dagal, known as Hemedti, his deputy on that council and head of the paramilitary Rapid Support Force.

According to the latest data from the Sudanese Ministry of Health, more than 600 people died in the clashes. The Sudanese Medical Committee, on the other hand, reported about 200 civilians killed, over 1.000 injured, and 3.300 forced to leave their homes.

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