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In recent days, the situation in Sudan has escalated to dangerous levels, leading many countries to take steps to evacuate their citizens.
On April 12, the UN Security Council expressed its “grave concern” over escalating violence and tensions in Sudan. On April 23, Sudanese military forces began a sit-in protest outside the presidential palace in Khartoum to demand the removal of the current president, Omar al-Bashir. Since then, the protest has grown and the violence has intensified. There have been reports of violence, including the death of dozens of civilians by security services, in addition to arbitrary arrests.
In response to the deteriorating situation, several countries have taken steps to evacuate their citizens from Sudan. The United States, for example, has dispatched a plane to take its citizens out of Sudan. China, too, has sent a special plane and has appealed to the Sudanese government to provide security for its nationals.
The UK has initiated an evacuation program, but has said that their nationals should make their own decisions about leaving, though support will be given to those who choose to leave. Other countries, such as Canada, Australia, and Germany, are coordinating with their embassies in Khartoum to ensure the safety and orderly evacuation of their citizens.
The world is in shock at such a sudden and dramatic escalation of violence. While some countries have managed to evacuate their citizens, the situation remains dire and unpredictable. Many are calling on the UN Security Council to urgently address this situation and ensure the safety of all civilians.