Why Were U.S. Diplomats Evacuated From Sudan? Updates on Recent Embassy Shut Down!

The United States has closed its embassy and evacuated its diplomats from a war-torn country Sudan. According to a top official in the Biden administration, the U.S. embassy in Sudan has been locked as combat continues for the ninth day.

The U.S. military is reportedly evacuating American embassy personnel. A second U.S. official has confirmed that U.S. troops have successfully exited Sudanese airspace after airlifting American embassy workers out of the capital, Khartoum.

According to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the mission, President Joe Biden ordered American troops to evacuate embassy personnel after receiving a recommendation from his national security team earlier Saturday with no end in sight to the fighting.

It was estimated that roughly seventy Americans would be affected by the evacuation order. They were being transported by U.S. personnel from a landing zone near the embassy to an undisclosed destination.

The evacuation order was believed to apply to about 70 Americans. U.S. forces were flying them from a landing zone at the embassy to an unspecified location. The State Department has closed the embassy until the security situation improves. When the embassy might open for business again was unclear.

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More than 400 people have been murdered since fighting broke out on April 15 between two groups whose commanders are competing for control of the country, according to the World Health Organization.

An unjustified attack on an American diplomatic convoy was only one example of the violence that has resulted in the deaths, injuries, and assaults of countless foreign diplomats and aid workers.

The White House has denied rumors of a government-organized rescue mission for Americans stuck in Sudan. The embassy has records of roughly 16,000 private U.S. citizens living in Sudan. The State Department has warned that this number is likely low because American citizens do not require registration or notification of departure to the embassy.

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Warnings were issued by the embassy earlier on Saturday, stating that due to the uncertain security situation in Khartoum and the airport’s closure, it is not currently safe to undertake a U.S. government-coordinated evacuation of private U.S. citizens.

The fighting in Sudan between the armies of two prominent generals has put the entire country in danger and might have far-reaching effects. Millions of people have been forced to flee in metropolitan centers to seek safety from gunfire, explosives, and looting since conflict broke out in Sudan as the country attempted to transition to democracy.

U.S. Diplomats Evacuated From Sudan
U.S. Diplomats Evacuated From Sudan

Saturday, after communicating with the leaders of numerous nations, Army Chief General Abdel Fattah Burhan announced that he would enable the evacuation of American, British, Chinese, and French nationals and diplomats from Sudan. In a tweet, the rival Rapid Support Forces (RSF) claimed to work with American troops:

After Monday’s attack on the embassy convoy in Khartoum, the United States immediately began preparing to evacuate. The Pentagon reported on Friday that the United States military has already started relocating to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti in preparation for a possible evacuation.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia declared the safe return of some of its citizens, uploading pictures of Saudi nationals and other foreigners stepping off an apparent evacuation ship at the Saudi port of Jeddah and being greeted with chocolate and flowers.

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U.S. military evacuations of embassies are unusual and typically only occur under dire circumstances. If possible, the State Department would rather have its workers leave on commercial transportation when it orders an embassy to reduce staff or halt operations.

Staff members took commercial transportation to escape the Kyiv embassy, temporarily closed in February 2022 before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Commercial excursions were either impossible or exceedingly dangerous on several other recent occasions, Afghanistan in 2021 being a prime example. In 2014, U.S. Embassy personnel in Tripoli, Libya, evacuated to Tunisia through an overland convoy supported by U.S. forces.

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