PH starts evacuation of Filipinos in Sudan

The Philippine government has started the evacuation of Filipinos stranded in Sudan amid clashes between its military and paramilitary forces.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Ma. Teresita Daza said that 50 Filipinos joined the first batch of individuals who were pulled out from Sudan on Friday at around 8 p.m. (Manila time).

This came after Sudan’s warring factions agreed to a three-day ceasefire to allow the evacuation of foreign nationals.

The rescued Filipinos will travel from the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to Aswan and Cairo in Egypt, according to Daza.

Meanwhile, in an interview with CNN Philippines, DFA Undersecretary Eduardo Jose de Vega said the Philippine Embassy in Egypt, which has jurisdiction over Sudan, will provide plane tickets to those who want to go back to the Philippines.

On Monday, de Vega already said three Filipinos who were working for Saudi-based Saudia Airlines were evacuated from Sudan by the Saudi government.

About 156 Filipinos were expected to leave Khartoum from the 740 individuals who registered for evacuation.