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Evacuated Omani citizens, and Sudanese residents arrive in Jeddah

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Muscat: The Sultanate's Consulate in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been receiving Omani families and some Sudanese residents stranded in the Republic of Sudan.


Saif al Amri, Deputy Consul General, and Awad Raafit, First Secretary, received the families who arrived in Jeddah on Tuesday.


A ship carrying 1,687 civilians from more than 50 countries fleeing violence in Sudan docked in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, the foreign ministry said, the largest evacuation effort by the kingdom so far.



Saudi Arabia has received several rounds of evacuees by air and sea since fighting broke out in Africa's third-biggest country on April 15.


The group that arrived in the coastal city of Jeddah from Port Sudan on Wednesday was transported by one of the kingdom's ships, and the kingdom was keen to provide all the basic needs of foreign nationals in preparation for their departure," the ministry said.


It included 13 Saudis, while the rest came from countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, the ministry added.


The Indonesian foreign ministry said 560 nationals had been successfully evacuated from Sudan to Saudi Arabia, though it was not clear if all of them were on the same boat that reached Jeddah on Wednesday morning.


Sri Lanka's foreign ministry said that 13 of its nationals had arrived in Jeddah from Sudan, and another 12 were awaiting evacuation in Port Sudan.



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