A second convoy of US citizens arrived in the coastal city of Port Sudan on Sunday as part of an evacuation effort organized by the US government. There was a convoy of about eight buses carrying American refugees from Khartoum clash Among the Sudanese armed forces and paramilitary groups are the Rapid Support Forces.
The US government, in conjunction with its allies, has now facilitated the departure of nearly 1,000 US citizens, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement. Fewer than 5,000 US citizens have sought guidance from the government, Miller added.
Sunday’s eligible migrants will take a boat across the Red Sea to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where US officials will assist them with consular and emergency services. A US ship carrying military personnel also arrived in Port Sudan on Sunday, CBS News foreign correspondent Ramy Inocencio reported.
The The first civilian convoy American evacuees arrived in Port Sudan on Saturday. Among them were 18 buses carrying hundreds of US citizens.
Security around the first convoy was described as “tight”. Passengers have been instructed not to use mobile phones. The 12-hour drive to the coast was confirmed to be under “top cover” protection, possibly from US military drones.
The United States faced questions about why it did not organize an effort to evacuate civilians, while other countries, including Britain, Germany and France, did. United States of America expelled its diplomats from the country and closed its embassy a week ago.
Have at least two American citizens has died Of the fighting, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed Wednesday. Kirby said a second American died Tuesday but did not confirm their identity. However, the Sudanese American Physicians Association named the American as Bushra Ibnouf Suleiman, a doctor who practiced medicine in the United States for several years before returning to Sudan. The Associated Press reported that Suleiman was stabbed to death in front of his family in Khartoum by robbers who kidnapped him.
Death toll from Crisis in Sudan According to the World Health Organization, over 500 people have climbed, with thousands more injured, prompting an exodus from Africa’s third-largest country. Khartoum, a city of about half a million people, has been turned into a battleground by a bitter conflict between Sudan’s military commander, Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan, and Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who heads the powerful Rapid Support Force. has dashed once buoyant hopes for Sudan’s democratic transition.
“We reiterate our warning to Americans not to travel to Sudan,” Miller said in a statement Saturday.