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PH removes 300 more Filipinos from the violently divided Sudan—DFA

Just as fighting breaks a 72-hour cease-fire between warring Sudanese forces, seven more buses with about 300 Filipinos are leaving Sudan for Egypt.

The first wave of 50 evacuees is among the 80 Filipinos who have already departed the country, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday.

DFA Undersecretary Eduardo Jose de Vega stated that as of Wednesday AM Sudan time, at least seven further buses are departing for Egypt with a minimum of 300 repatriates.

The source assured Filipinos already at the border that the Philippine Embassy in Egypt is making every effort to assist them in getting through.

To enable the temporary entry of Filipino people into Egypt, the Philippine Embassy in Egypt has also spoken with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The lengthy procedure at the Egyptian border, which takes more than a day, is the issue. De Vega stated that “Our Embassy is sending teams to try to fix it, including for those three.”

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The embassy is considering sending assistance-to-national teams to Wadi Halfa and Port Sudan in order to offer more consular support to Filipinos who are fleeing their country.

Additional buses are always being sought after for evacuation.

In a second statement, DFA spokesman Ma. Teresita Daza said, “The Embassy continues to monitor developments in Sudan; continues to coordinate the evacuation and repatriation of Filipinos; and is in communication with Filipinos to ensure their safety and well-being.”

France assists Filipinos.

Also on Wednesday, the French Embassy in Manila said that some Filipinos had been able to leave the country thanks to activities in Sudan being spearheaded by France.

However, the embassy stated that France “continues to stand in solidarity on the ground by responding to the call of many European and allied partners who reported their nationals in Sudan.” No data have yet been given.

At least 740 Filipino nationals are registered in Sudan, and 350 of them desired to leave for their home country.

According to the DFA, the bulk of the 740 are professionals, farm or agricultural company employees, students, and domestic service workers.

Since the armed conflicts between the Sudanese Armed Forces, which are loyal to the leader of the military government, and the Rapid Support Forces started on April 15, no Filipino fatalities have been reported; however, one was wounded in the hand by a stray bullet.

The male victim who has subsequently undergone treatment, according to Daza.

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