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Official: 148 Somalis evacuated from Sudan through Ethiopia

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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Scores of Somalis fleeing violence in Sudan arrived of their Horn of Africa nation on Sunday, an official mentioned.

Some 148 Somali nationals, largely college students, arrived by aircraft within the capital Mogadishu, mentioned Abdurahman Nur Mohamed Diinaari, a high official with the Somali overseas ministry.

“Via the help of the Worldwide Group for Migration, Somalia’s overseas ministry has lastly been in a position to relocate 148 Somalis from Sudan to Somalia at this time,” he mentioned.

The Somalis had traveled by land from Sudan to Ethiopia after which onward by air to Somalia. Forty-five of those that arrived Sunday had been later transported to Garowe, the executive capital of the Somali state of Puntland, Diinaari mentioned.

Somalia itself has been tormented by violence for years. The Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which opposes the federal authorities, regularly launches lethal assaults in Mogadishu and different components of the nation.

One of many Somalis evacuated on Sunday mentioned in an interview that she was completely happy to be alive and again in her nation.

“I’m happy that I’ve lastly arrived in my nation. Nonetheless, what we’ve got been by means of is uncommon and exhausting to explain, however I’m grateful for the chance to outlive,” Ramlo Mohamed, one of many evacuees, informed AP. “I pray within the meantime for God to help our Muslim brothers in Sudan in assuaging their plight.”

There have been an estimated 7,000 Somali nationals in Sudan earlier than violence broke out earlier this month, most of them attending universities there. Others are enterprise individuals and migrants hoping to succeed in Europe, in line with Ewa Naqvi, deputy chief of mission of the U.N. migration company.

The preventing in Sudan pits the military chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan, towards Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, the top of a paramilitary group generally known as the Fast Help Forces. A number of the deadliest battles have raged throughout Khartoum, the capital.

Bizarre Sudanese have been caught within the crossfire. Tens of hundreds have fled to neighboring international locations, together with Chad and Egypt, whereas others stay pinned down with dwindling provides. 1000’s of foreigners have been evacuated in airlifts and land convoys.

The Sudan Medical doctors’ Syndicate, which displays casualties within the violence, mentioned Sunday that over the previous two weeks 425 civilians had been killed and a couple of,091 wounded. The Sudanese Well being Ministry on Saturday put the general dying toll, together with fighters, at 528, with 4,500 wounded.

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