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China considers evacuating its compatriots due to Sudan’s conflict

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Beijing, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) China said today that it is collecting information from its citizens living in Sudan and is considering evacuating them in view of the deterioration of security in the African country, where armed clashes have left almost a hundred dead.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the embassy in Khartoum activated a consular emergency mechanism to protect compatriots and companies from China, urged those residing in Sudan to report their data as soon as possible, and also launched a travel ban to Sudan.

Both entities stressed the needs to stay away from dangerous zones, reinforce personal security and contact diplomatic representatives in case of emergency.

So far, no Chinese citizen is among the victims of the intense clashes between the Sudanese army and the insurgent group Rapid Support Forces in Khartoum, the neighboring city of Omdurman and other regions of the territory.

Yesterday, the authorities in Beijing called for an end to the hostilities which broke out on Saturday and that has plunged the country into chaos and also left more than 1,200 people wounded.

China is also monitoring the situation closely and has called on the parties in the conflict to abandon clashes as soon as possible and avoid further escalation of tensions, meanwhile expressing its hope that there is still room for dialogue and that Sudan can move towards a political transition process.

Several countries around the world, and the United Nations also, called for a cessation of the crisis, but so far neither side has shown any signs of stopping the attacks and rather continued to do so intensively on Monday.

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