About 5,500 Nigerians have indicated interest to be evacuated from the war-torn Khartoum, in Sudan,just as a growing list of countries have continued to evacuate their citizens .
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who made this known said Government is discussing with its embassy in Egypt and the Egyptian authorities on the likelihood of safe haven for Nigerians in nearby Egypt.This is just as the CEO of Air Peace Airlines, Allen Onyema has promised to airlift the stranded Nigerians free from designated nearby African Countries.
Meanwhile,the Nigerian government has warned Nigerian students, awaiting evacuation in Sudan to stay calm, be indoors, and disregard information about the process of evacuation that is being circulated , on the Internet
A circular by the Nigerian embassy in Sudan issued on Sunday noted that the federal government is working towards getting approval for evacuation.
It warned the students to get clearance and assurance from the Sudanese authorities before going to the border areas.
There have been desperate calls for help from many foreign students – from several Africa countries, Asia, and the Middle East – who are also stuck in Khartoum, a city of some six million people.
There are reports that internet connectivity has almost totally collapsed in Sudan, which could seriously hinder the coordination of help for those trapped in Khartoum and other cities.
The near-constant shooting and bombing in Khartoum and elsewhere has cut electricity and safe access to food and water for much of the population.
Several ceasefires that had seemingly been agreed by both sides were ignored, including a three-day pause to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which started on Friday.
The World Health Organization says the fighting has killed more than 400 people and injured thousands. But the death toll is believed to be much higher as people are struggling to get healthcare, as most of the city’s hospitals have been forced to close by the fighting.
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