Sudan evacuees in Saudi operations reach almost 5,000



Saudi Arabia has carried out the biggest evacuation from Sudan since the start of its operations when a ship carrying 20 Saudi citizens and 1,866 nationals of other countries arrived in Jeddah on Saturday.

The new batch of arrivals brought the number of evacuees since the start of the Kingdom’s mission to 4,879 people, made up of 139 Saudi citizens and 4,738 nationals of other countries including Australia, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Rwanda and Egypt, reported the Saudi foreign ministry.

United Nations staff were also among those evacuated from Sudan on Saturday. “The Kingdom worked to provide all the necessary needs of foreign nationals in preparation for facilitating their departures to their countries,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Warplanes on bombing raids drew heavy anti-aircraft fire over Khartoum on Saturday as fierce fighting between Sudan’s army and paramilitaries entered a third week, violating a renewed truce.

More than 500 people have been killed since battles erupted on April 15 between the forces of army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and his number two Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

UN respresentatives spoke to Arab News on Saturday, to again thank the Kingdom for its efforts in its evacuation program.—AN