On Sunday, American special operations personnel risked their lives to evacuate the American embassy from conflict-torn Sudan, flying in and out of Khartoum for less than an hour. There were no reported significant casualties, and no guns were fired.
Washington permanently closed the U.S. mission in Khartoum when the last American worker left the embassy. Hundreds of individual American citizens are still present in the nation of East Africa.
According to American authorities, a larger-scale evacuation mission would be too dangerous to execute.
The main international airport had to remain closed for a ninth day on Sunday due to fighting between two competing Sudanese commanders, and armed men was in charge of the country’s exit routes. the conflict has killed more than 400 people.
President Joe Biden said in a statement thanking the military that he was getting daily updates from his staff on efforts to save any surviving Americans in Sudan “to the extent possible.”
Additionally, he demanded a halt to the “unconscionable” violence there.
About 100 U.S. forces carried out the operation in three MH-47 helicopters.
They flew the roughly 70 remaining American workers to an unidentified site in Ethiopia from a landing zone near the embassy.
Additionally, according to Molly Phee, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Ethiopia supported refueling and overflight.
According to Biden, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, all contributed to the evacuation.
In a statement, Vice President Joe Biden stated, “I am proud of the extraordinary commitment of our Embassy staff, who performed their duties with courage and professionalism and embodied America’s friendship and connection with the people of Sudan.”
I appreciate our service personnel’s exceptional expertise in bringing them to safety.
U.S. Before and during the mission, Africa Command and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley spoke with both warring parties to ensure U.S. forces could perform the evacuation safely, however, according to John Bass, a U.S.
Undersecretary of state, the paramilitary Rapid Security Forces of Sudan refuted accusations by one group that it helped with the American evacuation.
They were cooperative enough to refrain from opening fire.
With no sign of a truce, Biden had instructed American forces to evacuate embassy staff after receiving advice from his national security team.
Hundreds of innocent civilians have already died from this awful tragedy in Sudan. It must cease because it is indefensible,
Biden added. “The combatants must immediately and unconditionally halt hostilities, permit unhindered humanitarian access, and respect the will of the Sudanese people.”
The fighting started in Sudan on April 15 between two commanders who had just 18 months previously planned a military coup to stall the country’s move toward democracy.
American Embassy in Sudan has issued a security alert advising the approximately 16,000 US citizens in the country to shelter in place because it’s not currently safe to undertake an evacuation effort amid fierce fighting between government forces and militants in Khartoum. pic.twitter.com/yyxwo2QXnB
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