13, July 2016
Germany and Italy have started evacuating nationals and some citizens from other European countries from South Sudan as fighting keeps surging across the African country. “The government’s crisis task force has decided to evacuate German, European and international citizens from South Sudan,” German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Sawsan Chebli, said on Wednesday, adding that the ongoing evacuation process is carried out by German air force planes.
Chebli added that the priority in the evacuation would be for those with German organizations, adding that some 100 German nationals still remain in South Sudan. Germany’s evacuation program would also include other foreigners, she said. The German official did not elaborate on the nationalities of those foreigners due to security concerns.
Italy also announced the start of evacuation from South Sudan on Wednesday with officials in Rome saying that a military plane carrying 30 Italians and an unspecified number of other EU citizens departed Wednesday morning for its base in Djibouti.