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Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky: We have managed to evacuate 32 people, among them seven Hungarians from Sudan

Text: Ferenc Antal, honvedelem.hu/MTI | Photo: Szebáld Szakál |  12:28 April 27, 2023

In the early morning hours of 27 April, an A319 military transport aircraft of the Hungarian Defence Forces landed on the base of the HDF 101st Aviation Wing in Kecskemét, carrying on board 32 Hungarian and foreign citizens evacuated from civil war-stricken Sudan. The passengers of the plane were received by Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, MoD Cabinet Chief Zsolt Barthel-Rúzsa and Lieutenant General Zsolt Sándor, Deputy Chief of General Staff, Hungarian Defence Forces.

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“To us, the most important thing is the security of Hungarians, wherever they are in the world”, emphasized the Minister of Defence. He pointed out that the developing civil war situation in Sudan had required them to organize a special operation, in the framework of which 25 foreign and seven Hungarian citizens have successfully been evacuated from the area affected by the fighting, drawing on the resources of the Hungarian Defence Forces, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Interior.

Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky expressed his thanks to all participants of the operation, who managed to safely evacuate the 32 persons stranded in the country in the shortest possible time.

Clashes have been going on in Sudan since 15 April between the army led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan the mastermind behind the 2021 military takeover of power, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces under the command of his opponent and one-time deputy, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, generally referred to as Hemedti. According to the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health, the clashes have already left 512 people dead and 4193 injured. On Monday, the opposing sides agreed to a three-day ceasefire, and the African Union (AU) called for a lasting truce. Since the outbreak of the fighting, several countries have started evacuating their citizens from Sudan, wherefrom more than 10,000 people of different nationalities have fled to Egypt in the last five days.