Sudan on Friday started evacuation of thousands of its nationals from the troubled South Sudan, and 76 Sudanese citizens, most of them children, women and the elderly, have arrived at Khartoum airport.
State minister of Sudan’s Council of Ministers, Jamal Mahmoud, told newsmen they focused on children, women and elderly people.
“We will organise four flights daily to evacuate three thousand Sudanese nationals willing to return from Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and other cities,’’ he noted.
On Saturday, violent clashes broke out between forces loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar respectively around the Presidential Palace in Juba.
The clashes later spread to adjacent neighbourhoods and places near the airport.
The UN reported that the clashes involved mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy ground assault weaponry.
A helicopter gunship was also reported above Juba.
The UN warned that fighting could break out again in South Sudan, though the two sides have declared a cease-fire. (Xinhua/NAN)