US President Joe Biden announced the temporary suspension of operations at the American embassy in Sudan due to the current circumstances in Sudan, but he also reaffirmed Washington’s continued commitment to the Sudanese people.
The fighting troops of Army head Abdel Fattah-Al-Burhan and his rival Rapid Support troops (RSF) head Mohamed Hamdan Daglo established a temporary ceasefire on the first day of Eid in the African nation, but it quickly broke down.
413 people have died as a result of the fighting in Sudan so far, others have been injured, and 1,000 more are trapped inside their homes without access to communication, electricity, or water.
The US president expressed concern over the situation, stating that “it must stop” since the confrontation was “unconscionable”.
“Hundreds of innocent civilians have already died as a result of this awful tragedy in Sudan. It must cease because it is inexcusable. Our commitment to the Sudanese people and the future they desire is unwavering, but we are temporarily suspending operations at the US Embassy in Sudan, Biden stated on Twitter.
The American leader said that US government employees had left Khartoum, the epicenter of the war in Sudan, on his orders.
He added that he was actively monitoring the efforts being made to assist Americans who were living in the war-torn nation and that partners and allies of the US were contributing to the endeavor.
According to a statement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, “all US personnel and their dependents” have been safely evacuated. The US will also continue to support Americans in Sudan as they make plans for their own protection.
Numerous people are trapped in the capital of Sudan due to the brutal onslaught of urban warfare, which has shut down the airport and blocked parts of the city’s roadways.
The UN and other nations have pleaded with opposing military officials to uphold stated ceasefires, which have largely been disregarded, and to create a safe route for evacuating civilians and the delivery of much needed aid.
Four years after the overthrow of long-reigning autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular uprising, Sudan’s sudden descent into warfare dashed plans to restore civilian rule, brought an already impoverished nation to the verge of humanitarian catastrophe, and threatened a wider conflict that could draw in outside powers.
Thousands of foreigners, including embassy employees, humanitarian workers, and students in Khartoum and other parts of Africa’s third-largest country, have also been unable to leave because the airport is closed and the skies are insecure.
Gulf nationals have been evacuated from Port Sudan on the Red Sea by Saudi Arabia, 650 kilometres (400 miles) from Khartoum. For its citizens, Jordan will follow the same path.