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 May 1, 2023

U.S. Navy helping with Sudan evacuation

Reuters reports that the United States has sent a Navy ship to Sudan in order to help with the evacuation of Americans amid the ongoing civil war. 

The outlet received this information from "two U.S. officials" who spoke with the outlet "on the condition of anonymity."

Reuters reports the two officials as revealing that "the USNS Brunswick, a fast-transport vessel, was in Port Sudan temporarily."

"One of the officials said hundreds of citizens are likely to be evacuated on the vessel," the outlet adds.

Towards the beginning of April, fighting broke out in Sudan between Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) and Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF), two groups looking to gain power in the country.

Reports indicate that, in the fighting, over 500 people have been killed thus far and at least 4,500 others have been injured.

The United States government, under the leadership of President Joe Biden, evacuated the local embassy in Sudan in response to the fighting. Biden, however, received much criticism for his decision to provide limited assistance, if any, to the tens of thousands of Americans stranded in Sudan.

Now, perhaps in response to that criticism, the Biden administration appears to be doing more - or at least trying to give the appearance of doing more -  in Sudan than, for example, it did in Afghanistan, where many Americans were also stranded under Taliban rule after Biden's botched withdrawal U.S. troops from the country.

Reports have previously indicated that hundreds of the Americans stranded in Sudan, under the protection of drones, were bused to Port Sudan - the same port where the USNS Brunswick docked. Presumably, many have been or are in the process of being evacuated via that vessel.

Still, the U.S. Department of State estimates that there are about 16,000 Americans who remain in Sudan. And, roughly 5,000 of these 16,000 have asked the U.S. for assistance in leaving Sudan.

The latest news in the fighting is that the two sides have decided to stop fighting and try to reach an agreement.

NBC News reports:

Sudan’s warring generals have agreed to send representatives for negotiations, potentially in Saudi Arabia, the United Nations’ top official in the country told The Associated Press on Monday, even as the two sides clashed in the capital despite another three-day extension of a fragile cease-fire.

Specifics for the meetup have yet to be worked out.

It also remains to be seen whether an agreement can actually be reached.

Written By:
Oliver Winters

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