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Filipino refugees from Sudan’s civil war now number 496, according to DFA.

At least 496 Filipinos, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), have already left Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, for neighboring nations.

According to Ma. Teresita Daza, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila is working with the governments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Greece to facilitate the flow of Filipinos who are regularly leaving the nation through their respective Philippine Embassies.

340 Filipinos entered Egypt through the Argeen border on Friday after being given the all-clear following multiple delays in paperwork processing at the border brought on by the surge of evacuees.

The total number of Filipinos who are either at the Sudan-Egypt border or have already entered Egypt now stands at 414.

Additionally, eight Filipinos from Khartoum arrived in Greece on a Greek military plane, where they were welcomed by Philippine Ambassador Giovanni Palec.

The eight will return home on the following aircraft to Manila, according to Daza.

58 Filipinos are currently waiting at Port Sudan for the ship to take them to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

16 Filipinos in all, according to Daza, have already been welcomed by the team in Jeddah, which is headed by Consul General Edgar Tomas Auxilian.

DFA Undersecretary Eduardo Jose de Vega informed the Philippine News Agency (PNA) through text message that two additional government-rented buses carrying at least 116 repatriates are currently traveling from Khartoum to Egypt.

In a few hours, they will leave the city, he said.

The agency’s assistance-to-nationals fund is supporting ongoing evacuation operations, and DFA personnel are on the ground in Athens, Jeddah, and at the border between Egypt and Sudan to organize for the repatriation of evacuees through the earliest aircraft.

On April 25, the United States started a three-day cease-fire between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces, which was later extended for an additional 72 hours.

According to data from the UN, over 450 people have already died and over 4,000 have been injured as a result of the violent power struggle.

According to non-governmental group International Medical Corps, among the casualties were 18 humanitarian relief workers, including three in North Darfur.

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