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Newsline: All U.S. embassy staff evacuated from Sudan

The U.S. military evacuated American government personnel from Khartoum, President Joe Biden said on Saturday, adding that Washington is suspending operations at its embassy there as fighting between Sudan’s rival commanders continued. “This tragic violence in Sudan has already cost the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians,” Biden said in a statement. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that “all U.S. personnel and their dependents” have been safely evacuated and that the U.S. will continue to assist Americans in Sudan in planning for their own safety. All U.S. government personnel and a small number of diplomatic personnel from other countries were evacuated in the operation, which removed fewer than 100 people, U.S. officials said. Just over 100 U.S. special operations forces were involved in the evacuation, entering and exiting Sudan without being fired upon by the warring factions on the ground, U.S. military officials said. (https://neuters.de/world/africa/sudan-army-okays-foreign-evacuation-khartoum-battle-rages-2023-04-22/) Other foreign nationals began evacuating from a Red Sea port in Sudan on Saturday. Japan’s TBS news reported that the United Nations staff members including Japanese nationals and their families would be evacuated from Sudan as early as Sunday.

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