US State Department Takes Massive Step For Sudan Evacuation

Hundreds of American citizens have been evacuated from Sudan as conflict between two warring groups has escalated. The United States Navy has reportedly deployed a ship to the African nation to help evacuate those stranded.

The conflict began earlier this month when the Sudanese army bombed positions held by the paramilitary RSF group in a power struggle that some believe could turn into a fullblown civil war. Since then, hundreds of paramilitary forces and civilians have been killed or injured in a series of airstrikes in Khartoum.

In response to the escalating violence, the Biden administration announced that buses carrying several hundred American citizens had reached the port of Port Sudan. The Pentagon has also deployed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets to support air and land evacuation routes.

In addition, the Pentagon has moved naval assets to the region to provide any necessary support along the coast. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request for assistance from the Department of State to support the safe departure of citizens.

The USNS Brunswick was temporarily stationed in Port Sudan to evacuate Americans. According to Reuters, two anonymous U.S. officials said on Sunday that the vessel may be used to evacuate those stranded in Sudan.

The Biden administration has been working with Saudi Arabia to send a ship to the port to rescue the Americans. The State Department estimates that 16,000 Americans remain in Sudan, though officials could not confirm the count because Americans living or traveling abroad are not required to check in with or otherwise make their plans known to the U.S. government.

The U.S. has been in contact with those seeking to leave the country, with Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken noting that many Americans in Sudan are dual citizens who do not want to leave the country despite its deteriorating conditions.

The State Department has said that a fraction of the approximately 5,000 citizens requested aid to depart Sudan, either by land, sea, or aircraft. The White House could not explain why other nations sent planes to Sudans capital to evacuate their citizens this week.

The conflict in Sudan is ongoing, and the U.S. is continuing its efforts to help evacuate those citizens affected by the violence. The Biden administration is working with regional and international partners to ensure a safe departure for all citizens.

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