Sudan: Egyptian embassy’s staff member injured by gunshot

Sudan: Egyptian embassy’s staff member injured by gunshot

The Egyptian Foreign ministry Sunday said one member of its staff at the country’s mission in the Sudanese capital Khartoum has sustained injuries after suffering from a gunshot.

Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesman for the ministry did not name the staff member and urged Egyptians in Sudan to exercise the utmost caution amid the ongoing fighting in the country.

The official also urged Egyptians currently in Khartoum to remain in their homes until the security situation and violence in the capital abate. The North African country has however evacuated 436 citizens via road. The Spokesman also indicated that evacuation operation continues.

Last week, the Sudanese army said 177 Egyptian Air Force troops were airlifted back to Egypt aboard three flights.

The 177 Egyptian troops from Sudan arrived in Cairo while a separate group of 27 air force personnel are in the care of the Egyptian embassy in Sudan, according to military statements.

The Egyptian military has said the soldiers were in Sudan for training according to a joint protocol between the two countries. Egypt and Sudan have carried out multiple joint exercises since the beginning of diplomatic tensions with Ethiopia.

The handover of the troops took place with mediation from the United Arab Emirates, the Egyptian foreign ministry and UAE news agency WAM said. The paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) said it had handed over the men to the International Committee of the Red Cross in the capital Khartoum.

The Egyptian army said the 27 air force personnel were at the Egyptian embassy in Khartoum and would be evacuated “as soon as the situation is stable and the necessary security circumstances are available.”

Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, and its sister cities Omdurman and Bahri have been rocked by fierce battles between the army and the RSF, leaving many stranded and causing a severe food shortage.

The showdown, which entered the second week following a brief lull, has left hundreds dead and thousands wounded while survivors cope with shortages of electricity and food.


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