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Indian government puts evacuation plans in place for citizens stranded in violence-hit Sudan

India has deployed two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and INS Sumedha, a naval ship, on standby to evacuate Indian nationals from the ongoing violence in Sudan. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that it is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with various partners for the safe evacuation of Indian nationals from the country. The ministry added that it is pursuing multiple options to move swiftly in order to evacuate the stranded Indian nationals.

Saudi Royal Navy officers evacuating their citizens and other nationalities from Sudan

According to official data, there are around 4,000 Indians in Sudan, which is currently facing a deadly power struggle between the army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The violence has been triggered by a disagreement over an internationally backed plan to form a new civilian government four years after the fall of former dictator Omar al-Bashir and two years after the military coup. Both sides have accused each other of thwarting the transition.

The security situation in the country remains volatile with reports of fierce fighting at various locations in the capital city of Khartoum. The MEA said that contingency plans are in place, but any movement on the ground would depend on the security situation. Sudanese airspace is currently closed for all foreign aircraft, and overland movement also poses risks and logistical challenges.

The Indian government is in touch with Sudanese authorities, the United Nations, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and the United States, among others, to ensure the safe evacuation of Indian nationals. The Indian Embassy in Sudan is also advising the stranded Indians on the viability of safe movement and the need to avoid unnecessary risk. It is also coordinating all possible assistance, including possible exit from Khartoum city as and when the security situation permits safe movement.

The MEA has advised all Indian nationals in Sudan to remain in touch with the embassy and follow its instructions for their safety and security. The ministry said that it is closely monitoring the situation and is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all Indian nationals in Sudan.

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