AA / Montreal / Hadem Katoo
Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand announced Saturday that Canada has expelled 375 nationals established in Sudan because of the ongoing armed conflict since mid-April.
Anand, who held a press conference on Saturday, said Canada was planning “at least one more evacuation flight” for Canadians and citizens of allies trapped in Sudan.
“To date, more than 375 Canadians have been evacuated from Sudan, and there are still approximately 300 citizens there awaiting assistance from Ottawa,” he noted.
“We will continue flights as much as possible. But the situation changes and we have to constantly evaluate it to ensure that conditions are safe for aerial extraction,” the defense minister added.
Anita Anand said the window to evacuate the aircraft was closing quickly, adding that the government was continuing to evaluate other options, including land and sea routes.
“Two Canadian warships, which were due to go to the Indo-Pacific on another mission, were ordered to stay close to a Sudanese port in case they were called,” he explained.
Recall that Canada flew the first two evacuation flights to Djibouti on Thursday with 117 people on board, including 42 Canadians.
Two additional flights were organized the next day, allowing the evacuation of 221 people, including 68 Canadians and six permanent residents.
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