Eligible U.S. citizens and other evacuees would be assisted with travel from Port Sudan to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the State Department said, noting that the U.S. government has been in contact with all U.S. nationals in Sudan who wish to leave. .
“We sent a message to all U.S. citizens in Sudan who communicated with us during the crisis and provided specific instructions to join this convoy to those who wished to leave by land,” the statement read, before reiterating a warning. that American citizens should not travel. in Sudan.
A Pentagon statement said the Department of Defense “has approved a request for State Department assistance to support the safe departure of U.S. citizens and their immediate family members.”
“The Department of Defense has deployed U.S. intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets to support the air and ground evacuation routes, which the Americans are using, and we are moving naval assets to the region to provide any support needed the along the coast,” the statement added.
Fighting first broke out in Khartoum on April 15 as a power struggle between the Sudanese army, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and rapid support paramilitary forces, led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, has come to a head in their attempt to jointly lead the government. Fighting resumed on Saturday despite a ceasefire meant to allow foreign governments to evacuate their citizens, which was due to expire on Sunday evening.
On Friday, around 40,000 refugees fled Khartoum for various refugee camps, according to UNHCR.
Nahal Toosi contributed to this report.