The ongoing battles in Sudan have led to the evacuation of foreign citizens and embassy staff through various means of transportation, including road, air, and sea. As of Monday, April 24, 2023, the situation remains tense.
Fighting has been reported in the western region of Darfur, where Doctors Without Borders has stated that their medics in the city of El Fasher have been overwhelmed by the number of patients with gunshot wounds, many of whom are children. Additionally, the army has repelled an attack by the Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group on Kober Prison in Khartoum, where Sudan’s former ruler, Omar al-Bashir, and former officials in his movement have been held since his 2019 ouster.
The number of casualties continues to rise, with over 420 people killed and thousands wounded since the fighting began on April 15, according to UN figures. Hospitals have been shelled and ransacked, leading to more than two-thirds of medical facilities in Khartoum and neighboring states being out of service, according to the doctors union. The US Agency for International Development is increasing its assistance to those caught in the conflict.
On Sunday, Sudan experienced a near-total collapse of internet and phone service, according to the monitoring service NetBlocks.
Several countries have been evacuating their citizens and embassy staff from Sudan. Sweden has evacuated all its embassy staff in Khartoum, their families, and an unspecified number of other Swedes to nearby Djibouti. A German air force plane carrying 101 people evacuated from Sudan landed in Berlin. A Dutch military plane with evacuees flew from Sudan to Jordan, with Dutch nationals and people of other nationalities onboard. Switzerland closed its embassy in Khartoum and evacuated staff and their families. The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has evacuated 436 citizens by land, with more than 10,000 Egyptians living in the neighboring country. South Korea and Japan have also deployed forces to nearby countries in preparation for potential evacuations. India has two air force planes on standby in Saudi Arabia and a navy ship in Port Sudan, but any evacuations will depend on the security situation, according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs.
The situation in Sudan remains volatile, with battles continuing and casualties rising. Foreign countries are working to evacuate their citizens and embassy staff, but the security situation remains uncertain.