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Ship carrying 37 Pakistanis from Sudan port reaches Jeddah: FO

According to the Foreign Office (FO), a ship transporting 37 Pakistani nationals from Sudan, where conflict between the army and paramilitaries has killed and injured hundreds, arrived in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah on Wednesday.

“The evacuation plan for Pakistani nationals in Sudan is still in place.” The ship carrying 37 Pakistani nationals from Port Sudan has arrived in Jeddah, according to a tweet.

“On arrival at Jeddah Port, they were met by CG in Jeddah, Khalid Majid.” “We are grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its support and hospitality,” the FO continued.

According to the Saudi Foreign Ministry, the boat carrying 1,687 citizens from more than 50 nations landed in the kingdom today, marking the Gulf state’s largest rescue mission to yet.

The party was “transported by one of the Kingdom’s ships, and the Kingdom was keen to provide all the basic needs of foreign nationals in preparation for their departure,” the statement stated.

On April 15, fighting erupted in Sudan between soldiers loyal to army leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy-turned-rival Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, commander of the strong paramilitary Rapid Support soldiers (RSF).

According to UN agencies, at least 459 people had been killed and more than 4,000 had been injured in Africa’s third-largest country as of Tuesday.

On Tuesday, a three-day ceasefire brokered by the US brought some calm to the city, but witnesses reported further air strikes and paramilitaries claiming to have taken a key oil refinery and power facility.

Saudi Arabia has received numerous waves of evacuation by air and water, beginning with boats carrying 150 individuals, including international ambassadors and officials that arrived in Jeddah on Saturday.

A C-130 Hercules military plane airlifted hundreds of South Korean citizens to Jeddah’s King Abdullah Air Base on Monday, while a boat transported around 200 individuals from 14 countries across the Red Sea from Port Sudan.

Thirteen of the civilians who arrived on Wednesday came from Saudi Arabia, while the remainder came from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, and North and Central America, according to a foreign ministry statement.

So far, 2,148 people have been evacuated from Sudan to the kingdom, including almost 2,000 foreigners, according to the announcement.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had claimed a day earlier that more than 200 Pakistanis had been evacuated to safety in war-torn Sudan, increasing the total number of rescued countrymen to 700.

“In keeping with the Government of Pakistan’s commitment to the welfare of Pakistanis living abroad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to take the lead in the relief and rescue of Pakistanis in Sudan.” “Today, another convoy from Khartoum carrying 211 Pakistanis arrived in Port Sudan,” the ministry stated in a statement.

Uncertain cease-fire
The truce between Sudan’s warring generals reached its second day today, but it remained precarious after witnesses reported fresh air strikes and paramilitaries claimed to have taken control of a key oil refinery and power station.

“The pause was not fully enforced, with attacks on headquarters, attempts to gain ground, air strikes, and explosions in various areas of the capital,” UN Special Representative Volker Perthes had told the Security Council the day before.

Perthes stated that he kept in touch with both generals: army head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy-turned-rival, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, commander of the heavily armed paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

“There is still no clear indication that either side is willing to seriously negotiate,” Perthes added.
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a “huge biological risk” warning after fighters took a Khartoum laboratory holding samples of cholera, measles, polio, and other dangerous diseases.

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