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Newsline: UK, France evacuate diplomatic staff from Sudan

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Sunday that British armed forces had staged a “complex and rapid evacuation” of all diplomatic staff and their families from Sudan. He said the government was pursuing every avenue to end the bloodshed and ensure the safety of British nationals still in the country. The Foreign Office urged nationals to shelter in place and let it know where they were. Britain’s defence minister said British troops undertook the rescue operation alongside the United States, France, and other unnamed allies. A French plane carrying about 100 people left Khartoum on Sunday for Djibouti with a second plane carrying a similar number preparing to take off, a French diplomatic source said, adding that operations would resume on Monday. (https://neuters.de/world/africa/foreign-states-evacuate-citizens-sudan-2023-04-23/) Earlier, the warring army and RSF each accused the other of attacking a French convoy. The army said the RSF had fired on the convoy, wounding a French national. France’s Foreign Ministry has not commented on the reported attack or injury.

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