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Manila: 50 Filipinos leave Sudan by land for Egypt’s border

Manila: 50 Filipinos leave Sudan by land for Egypt's border
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Manila: A bus carrying around 50 Filipinos has left the violence-hit Sudanese capital of Khartoum for the northern border with Egypt, a spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila said on Tuesday.

“As of 8 p.m. on Monday, the first batch (of around 50 Filipinos) left Khartoum by land,” spokeswoman Teresita Daza said.

From the border, Daza said the Filipinos will be taken to Aswan City and then to the Egyptian capital Cairo, reports Xinhua news agency.

Foreign Undersecretary Eduardo de Vega told a radio interview on Tuesday that the Philippine Embassy in Cairo will provide accommodation and plane tickets to the Filipinos.

De Vega said there are about 700 Filipinos in Sudan as of the last count. However, he said only around 300 Filipinos have signified their intention to leave Sudan.

He confirmed that the bus has left Khartoum and was on the way to the border.

“The travel from Khartoum to the border takes around 20 hours. It’s about 1,000 km,” De Vega said.

Aside from the first batch of 50 Philippine evacuees, De Vega said at least 20 Filipinos have been extracted from Sudan by their employers, adding that the Philippines’ priority is to get the Filipinos out of the crisis-hit African nation when a ceasefire is in place and bring them back home.

Sudan has descended into a bloody battle zone following the eruption of violence between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on April 15.

The two sides have agreed to a three-day ceasefire which started on Monday midnight.

The brutal fighting has killed at least 427 people and injured more than 3,700, according to UN agencies.

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