An overview of states' evacuations of citizens stranded in Sudan

Wednesday April 26 2023
Sudan rescue missions

People on April 26, 2023 disembark a plane from Djibouti after being evacuated from Sudan, at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France, near Paris. Some 245 French and foreign nationals landed at the airport in a plane chartered by the French authorities. PHOTO | JULIEN DE ROSA | AFP


Multiple nations have scrambled to evacuate embassy staff and citizens by road, air and sea from chaos-torn Sudan, where fighting between the army and paramilitaries has killed hundreds.

Rescue operations intensified Tuesday as a 72-hour ceasefire took effect, but gunfire still rang out in Khartoum.

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According to an AFP tally, more than 6,400 people have left Khartoum in the foreign-led evacuations. Here is an overview of what nations have done to get stranded citizens to safety.

Mideast and Africa

Saudi Arabia led the first large-scale evacuations Saturday by sea, and since then hundreds of Saudis and foreigners from more than 20 countries have been taken to the port city of Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia evacuation exercise

South Korean nationals on April 24, 2023 arrive by military aircraft at Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia from Port. PHOTO | SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE | AFP

The United Arab Emirates said it had ‘evacuated its citizens’ to Port Sudan and was hosting people from 19 other countries who had been rescued.

Jordan late Sunday airlifted nearly 350 people including Palestinians, Iraqis, Syrians and Germans to a military airport in the kingdom, and on Monday announced 20 Jordanians arrived aboard a German plane.

Egypt said 446 of its citizens left Sudan by land on Tuesday and another 189 were flown out, bringing to 1,539 the total number evacuated so far. More than 10,000 Egyptians were thought to live in Sudan.

More than 200 Moroccans reached Port Sudan in convoys organised by their embassy, Rabat said Monday.

Mauritania said 101 citizens had also made it to the Red Sea port city.

Algeria, Tunisia and South Africa have also announced rescue operations.

Chad said it was sending planes to collect 438 citizens from Port Sudan.

Mali said on Tuesday that 55 citizens had arrived at Sudan's border with Ethiopia and another group of 14 people was on its way there.

Kenya, with about 3,000 citizens in Sudan, evacuated 38 Kenyans, Somalis and a Saudi national, who landed in Nairobi on Monday night.

Kenya's Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Roseline Njogu

Kenya's Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Roseline Njogu who said her ministry has set up a multi-agency technical team monitoring the situation and is preparing to support Kenyans in Sudan through humanitarian assistance and emergency evacuation. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG

Nigeria plans to get nearly 3,000 nationals, mostly students, out by convoy to Egypt this week, an official said Monday.

Uganda has evacuated more than 200 nationals on buses via Ethiopia, its ambassador told AFP.

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Ivory Coast said 47 citizens were headed by bus from Khartoum to Cairo.

North America

US military helicopters on Sunday collected just under 100 people from the embassy on the southern edge of Khartoum.

The Pentagon said Monday officials were looking into potential land routes out of Sudan for US citizens.

Canada's diplomatic staff left with the Americans, and the country’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country is looking at doing direct airlifts of Canadians and dependants, about 550 of whom want to leave.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. PHOTO | AFP


Britain said the first flight to evacuate its nationals had left Sudan on Tuesday and would be followed by at least two more overnight, after an operation Sunday to take out embassy staff.

Around 4,000 Britons with dual nationality and 400 with UK-only passports are in Sudan, according to the British government.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said Monday that 1,000 EU citizens had been evacuated.

Germany has been leading international coordination for the evacuations out of an airbase near Khartoum. It said a sixth and last German flight to Jordan would take place Tuesday evening.

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France evacuated 538 people, President Emmanuel Macron said, just over a third of them French citizens.

Ukraine said Tuesday it had evacuated to Egypt 138 people, including 87 of its own citizens.

The Netherlands said around 100 Dutch citizens have been evacuated, half of them on Dutch flights which also carried 70 others.

A plane carrying 104 Dutch and other citizens landed in Eindhoven in the south of The Netherlands Tuesday evening from Jordan, where they had first been evacuated.

Italy evacuated around 200 people in a military operation Sunday, rescuing all Italian citizens who had asked to leave and others including Vatican representatives.

A Spanish military plane with 100 passengers, 30 of them Spanish, left Sunday for Djibouti, Madrid said.

A first group of 17 Greek nationals arrived Tuesday in Athens on a military transport plane via Djibouti, the defence ministry said.

Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania said citizens had been evacuated with foreign help. 

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China said Monday it had "safely evacuated" a first group of citizens, estimating about 1,500 ‘Chinese compatriots’ were in Sudan.

India also announced a successful rescue mission on Monday.

Pakistan said a convoy carrying 211 of its citizens arrived in Port Sudan on Tuesday, bringing the total number of Pakistanis evacuated to 700, with about 1,500 still in Sudan.

Japan has evacuated 45 citizens including diplomats aboard a military plane via Djibouti.

A plane carrying 28 South Koreans arrived in Jeddah on Monday, a Saudi official said.

Indonesia said it had moved 538 nationals to Port Sudan, with another 289 due to travel in a second phase. Malaysia said 30 nationals had arrived in Port Sudan on Tuesday.

The Philippines, with about 700 citizens in Sudan, said Tuesday 50 were travelling overland to Egypt from Khartoum.

"We will do what we can. It's very difficult," said Philippines Foreign Affairs official Eduardo de Vega.