AMPONTOONS.COM, NAIROBI – Kenya has evacuated 409 of its nationals and more than 500 foreign nationals (foreigners) from Sudan, amid the ongoing conflict in the North African country.
Kenyan Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua said on Tuesday.
The evacuation came after three weeks of fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.
In a press conference, Mutua said the Kenyan government had promised to evacuate all Kenyans who wanted to leave the war-torn country.
“We have evacuated 409 Kenyans from Khartoum. There are Kenyans outside Khartoum who have decided they want to stay, so we are evacuating anyone who wants to leave Sudan,” Mutua said.
Evacuations were also carried out for foreign nationals who wanted to leave the country, until now the evacuation process is still ongoing.
“We have also helped evacuate more than 500 people from other countries and offered them safe passage, the evacuation is underway,” Mutua said.
Mutua stressed that the Kenyan government is closely monitoring the situation in Sudan and will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens.
Kenya, he said, has also been using its airspace, including its airport, for humanitarian and technical support related to special operations in Sudan.
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The Kenyan government’s decision to evacuate its nationals and foreign nationals from Sudan comes amid growing fears for the safety of those still in the conflict zone.
The Government of Kenya urges all its citizens in Sudan to register with the Kenyan embassy in Khartoum and take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
Canada and Kenya also agreed on Tuesday to support peace and humanitarian efforts in Sudan.
This was announced after a meeting between Kenyan President William Ruto and Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
It should be noted that recent fighting between the SAF and RSF has left hundreds dead and thousands injured and thousands displaced.
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