9th batch of Nigerians evacuated from embattled Sudan arrives in Abuja

9th batch of Nigerians evacuated from embattled Sudan arrives in Abuja

No fewer than 126 Nigerians stranded in Port Sudan have been evacuated home from the embattled northeast African country.

The evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around 10.30am Nigerian time via Tarco Airline.

Director Media and Protocol Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Mr. Abdulrahman Balogun, explained that the arrivals bring to 1,730 the total number of Nigerians that have been evacuated from Port Sudan since the fighting broke out between the Sudanese army and rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.

He also added the latest arrival represents the ninth flight since the evacuation exercise started.

The Director further families and those are trapped in Port Sudan that the Nigerian government was doing everything possible to evacuate them as soon as possible.

Many countries, including Nigeria, have evacuated officials, diplomats and citizens away from the war-torn Sudan after fighting broke out.

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In the meantime, the death toll from the ongoing clashes in Sudan has risen to 604 people, including civilians, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

The new figures come as representatives of the warring parties are holding talks in Saudi Arabia.

More than 5,100 people were also wounded in connection with the fighting, World Health Organization spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told reporters.

In its part, the United Nations estimates that 5 million additional people will need emergency assistance inside Sudan while 860,000 are expected to flee to neighbouring countries that were already in crisis at a time when rich countries have cut back support.

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