London Daily

Focus on the big picture.
Monday, Jun 05, 2023

British troops land in Sudan to ‘scope out evacuation options’

British troops land in Sudan to ‘scope out evacuation options’

Ministers under pressure to find safe route for 4,000 national stuck in escalating war
A British military team has been sent to Sudan to investigate whether it could be used to evacuate thousands of UK citizens trapped in the war-torn country, says a defence minister.

Armed forces minister James Heappey confirmed the reports on Monday night, but added that it is “too dangerous” to send British troops to rescue UK citizens from fighting in Sudan as pressure grows on the Government to help those stuck there.

Mr Heappey told Andrew Marr on LBC: “There is indeed a military team in the east of the country in Port Sudan doing a reconnaissance there so that we can present to the Prime Minister all possible options for helping the British nationals who were in Sudan.”

He claimed the situation in Khartoum is “very different” from the 2021 Afghanistan evacuation, and a plan to deploy armed forces would be “unhelpful and unrealistic”.

Mr Heappey told LBC: “I think people will have the evacuation from Kabul very firmly in mind. That’s the last time we saw this sort of event. But Kabul was very different.”

Asked whether it was simply too dangerous to try to use British forces to extract people, he replied: “Yes. The danger is that other than the very tight and controlled mission that we did Saturday into Sunday to extract the diplomats over which we had a very tight degree of control.

“Beyond that, we would effectively be inserting foreign troops, not just us there’ll be other countries that would want to do it, into the parts of Khartoum that has been the most hotly fought over.”

MPs have warned the Government “time is running out” and swift action must be taken to help UK nationals trapped in Sudan.

Rishi Sunak chaired an emergency Cobra meeting earlier on Monday, but there remain no plans to evacuate British citizens.

RFA Cardigan Bay and HMS Lancaster were being lined up as options to help people out of the war-torn country, where at least 2,000 UK citizens remain after UK diplomats were removed.

Both vessels were believed to be on exercises in the Middle East region.

However, it was thought that it would take several days for them to be in position to take part in a rescue operation.

Foreign Office Minister Andrew Mitchell, who attended the Prime Minister’s Cobra meeting earlier, said ministers would “bend every sinew” to help British citizens in the country if it was possible to do so.

But he warned a concrete plan had not yet been drawn up and urged UK nationals to stay indoors until they hear otherwise.

“The Foreign Office’s messaging has been absolutely consistent throughout. We have said that there is no current plan for evacuation and we are working on finding a plan,” he told Channel 4 News.

“Our strong advice to British citizens is to stay indoors. It’s extremely dangerous out on the streets of Khartoum.

“If they wish to move because they have better information on the ground than we do in the Foreign Office then they may do so, but they do so at their own risk.”

Commons Foreign Affairs Committee chair Alicia Kearns warned “time is running out” as she urged ministers to get on with evacuations “now”.

RFA Cardigan Bay is a Bay-class Landing Ship Dock.

It is described by the Ministry of Defence as an agile and useful vessel, poised and ready to support the Royal Navy with the scope to deploy anywhere in the world.

HMS Lancaster is a a multi-role Type 23 frigate.

It has recently had a major refit and some of the ship’s new equipment includes a new Artisan 3D radar and vastly-improved air-defence capabilities provided by Sea Ceptor.

Readying the two vessels for a rescue mission was first reported in The Times.

It comes as ministers face spiralling pressure on Monday to evacuate Britons from war-torn Sudan as other European nations were flying their citizens to safety.

They were urged to lay out plans within hours on how UK citizens would be flown out of the country in north-east Africa or taken by convoy to a port to board a rescue ship.

Africa minister Andrew Mitchell said the Government was exploring all evacuation options for up to 4,000 UK citizens but added that it was “critical” for the warring parties to agree a ceasefire so that a safe corridor could be established for people to leave the conflict zone. But Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden were among countries already organising rescue flights for their citizens amid fears that the fighting could quickly escalate.

More than 420 people, including 264 civilians, have been killed and over 3,700 wounded in clashes between the Sudanese armed forces and a powerful paramilitary group known as the Rapid Support Forces as two generals fight for power.

As countries rushed to extract their citizens from the capital Khartoum, a German air force plane with 101 evacuees landed in Berlin early today. The German air force has flown out 311 so far from an airfield near Khartoum, the military said. A Dutch military plane with evacuees flew from Sudan to Jordan early today. People from different nationalities, including Dutch nationals, were on board the plane, the Netherlands foreign ministry said.

The French government said its evacuation operations had brought 388 people out of Sudan so far.

Sweden said that all its embassy staff in Khartoum, their families and an unspecified number of other Swedes had been evacuated to nearby Djibouti.

Some nations were taking their citizens out of the country in convoys to Port Sudan on the Red Sea, which is about 500 miles by road north-east of Khartoum.

Britain has evacuated its embassy staff and their families from the capital in an operation which involved more than 1,200 personnel from the Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

But the Government was under growing pressure to do more to rescue UK citizens. Alicia Kearns, chair of the Commons foreign affairs committee, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The reality is we have to get British nationals out.

“If, however, there was to be no evacuation because it’s too dangerous... then we have a moral obligation to tell British nationals as soon as possible that that is the judgment that has been made because they then need to be able to make their own decisions.”

She added that Britons in Sudan were living in “abject fear”, with water and food shortages, and reports that some people were killing their pets “because they are worried they are going to starve”.

One British woman, who did not wish to be named, told how she had rented a bus with relatives to try to get to the border after the mobile phone networks and internet went down, meaning they could no longer get messages from the UK Government.

“Meanwhile, Dutch nationals, Greek nationals, Italian nationals, people we know are being flown from air strips just on the outside of Khartoum to safety,” she added.

Another meeting of Whitehall’s Cobra emergency committee was being held today. Mr Mitchell said the “critical” thing was to get a ceasefire to allow citizens to be rescued but evacuations were also being explored and any opportunity to do so would be seized.

He told Sky News: “We will do everything we can, and I mean everything to get our British citizens out. Every single option is being explored in detail and the moment that it is possible to change the travel advice and move them we will.

“We are looking at every single opportunity to help them, to evacuate, and we will take any opportunity that presents itself to do so.”

He said British diplomats had been in “acute danger” because the two armies in the Sudan conflict were either side of the British embassy and residence, with diplomatic premises being deliberately targeted, and this was why they were evacuated first.

Highlighting the difficulties of getting people out, he stressed that two out of three muster points for people to gather at under a Turkish evacuation plan had come under fire. He added that some UK citizens may decide to flee by their own means, if they deemed it safe to do so, but that the Government at this stage was advising people to stay at home. However, Tory MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons defence committee, told Talk TV: “If a plan does not emerge today I worry that individuals will take it upon themselves to try and make their own way to the border.”

He believes a “safe corridor” for evacuations could be protected by international forces if there is a ceasefire.

He also claimed that both sides of the conflict were being supported by Vladimir Putin’s Wagner Group “private army” as they want to exploit Sudan’s gold to fund his war in Ukraine.

The official advice continues to be for UK nationals to register their presence in Sudan with the Foreign Office and shelter. Both sides in the conflict have a long history of human rights abuses.

The RSF was born out of militias which were accused of atrocities when the government deployed them to put down a rebellion in the western Darfur region in the early 2000s.
AI Disclaimer: An advanced artificial intelligence (AI) system generated the content of this page on its own. This innovative technology conducts extensive research from a variety of reliable sources, performs rigorous fact-checking and verification, cleans up and balances biased or manipulated content, and presents a minimal factual summary that is just enough yet essential for you to function as an informed and educated citizen. Please keep in mind, however, that this system is an evolving technology, and as a result, the article may contain accidental inaccuracies or errors. We urge you to help us improve our site by reporting any inaccuracies you find using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page. Your helpful feedback helps us improve our system and deliver more precise content. When you find an article of interest here, please look for the full and extensive coverage of this topic in traditional news sources, as they are written by professional journalists that we try to support, not replace. We appreciate your understanding and assistance.

Related Articles

London Daily
The driver has been described by authorities as a 21-year-old woman from Tallahassee
You Are So Beautiful
Joe Biden falls at the Air Force Graduation
Postmodern Jukebox European Tour Version
America's Got Talent…
An old French tune (by Georges Brassens) Pomplamoose ft. John Schroeder
Nvidia Joins Tech Giants as First Chipmaker to Reach $1 Trillion Valuation
Sattahip Motor Show 20
Drone Attack on Moscow's Wealthiest Neighborhoods Suspected to be Launched by Ukraine
SONATE AU CLAIR DE LUNE - Moonlight sonata
Elon Musk Meets Chinese Finance Minister in Beijing
A kiss to build a dream on
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to Hold Power Talks with President Biden in Washington
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)
AI ‘extinction’ should be same priority as nuclear war – experts
Mean Blues
Prominent Hacker Forum RaidForums Suffers Substantial Data Breach
La Chansonnette
Climate cultists thought they had sabotaged another beautiful event — then the cameraman had his revenge.
Pattaya Addicts
Nvidia CEO Huang says firms, individuals without AI expertise will be left behind
Franz Liszt - Liebestraum - Love Dream
WPP Revolutionizes Advertising with NVIDIA's AI Powerhouse
Dream a little dream of me
Two US Employees Fired For Chasing Robbers Out Of Store As They Broke ''Company Policy''
Unchained Melody sung like you've NEVER heard!
Pfizer, the EU, and disappearing ink - Smoke, Mirrors, and the Billion-Dose Pfizer Vaccine Deal: EU's 'Open Secret
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Actor Tom Hanks told Harvard University graduates to be superheroes in their defense of truth and American ideals, and to resist those who twist the truth for their own gain
Édith Piaf - Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (Sofie)
The Sussexes' Royal Rebound: Could Harry and Meghan Markle Return to the UK?
Rondo Alla Turca
A provocative study suggests: Left-Wing Extremism and its Unsettling Connection to Psychopathy and Narcissism
Kiss of fire
France Arrests 10 on Suspicion of Failing to Respond in Time to Migrant Drowning
Tom Jones - I´ll Never Fall In Love Again 1967, 1989, 2001
Neuralink Receives FDA Approval for First-in-Human Clinical Study
Israel Cachao López - Guajira Clásica
Ukrainian Intelligence Official Admits to Assassination Attempts on Putin
Edward Maya - Stereo Love (feat. Vika Jigulina) (Extended Mix)
WATCH THIS: democracy in Russia is so bad!
Strauss - Radetzky March - Karajan
Ed Davey: It is possible for a woman to have a penis
La vie en rose
Bernard Arnault Loses $11.2 Billion in One Day as Investors Fear Slowdown in US Growth Will Reduce Demand for Luxury Products
The Temptations - My Girl (Smokey Robinson Tribute) 2006 Kennedy Cent
Russian’s Wagner Group leader: “I am not a chef, I am a butcher. Russia is in danger of a revolution like in 1917.”
Orlando Cachaito Lopez Redencion
TikTok Sues Montana Over Law Banning the App
Ron DeSantis Jumps Into 2024 Presidential Race, Setting Up Showdown With Trump
RADETZKY MARCH-2008-Wien, New Year Concert
Steve Jobs introducing Apple's iPhone, exactly 16 years ago.
Only you (And you alone)
Banking Behemoth vs Ex-Boss: The PMorgan-Epstein Entanglement
Strangers In The Night
China overtakes Japan as world's top car exporter
Charles Aznavour - La Boheme
Banking Behemoth vs Ex-Boss: The PMorgan-Epstein Entanglement
Summer time
Elon Musk's SpaceX and Italy's Unipol join forces to help Italians hit by flooding
Sting and Stevie Wonder - Fragile (from Sting's 60th birthday concert)
Talks between US House Republicans and President Biden's Democratic administration on raising the federal government's $31.4tn debt ceiling have paused
Aux Champs Elysees
Biden Administration Eyeing High-Profile Visits to China: The Biden Administration is heating things up by looking into setting up a series of top-level visits to Beijing by top officials in the coming months
Stand By Me - Ben E. King (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)
New evidence in special counsel probe may undercut Trump’s claim documents he took were automatically declassified
La Mer (Beyond the Sea) – Avalon Jazz Band
A French court of appeals confirmed former President Nicolas Sarkozy's three-year jail term for corruption and influence peddling
Debt Ceiling Crises Have Unleashed Political Chaos
Nathalie Song by Enzo Petrachi Stjepan Hauser Cello
Weibao Wang, a former software engineer at Apple, was charged with stealing trade secrets related to autonomous systems, including self-driving cars
Shape of My Heart - Sting (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)
Mobile phone giant Vodafone to cut 11,000 jobs globally over three years as new boss says its performance not good enough
Radiohead - Creep
Elon Musk compares George Soros to Magneto, the supervillain from the Marvel Comics series.
Quizás,Quizás,Quizás - Andrea Bocelli - Jennifer Lopez
Warren Buffett Sells TSMC Shares Over Concerns About Taiwan's Stability
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps - Multi-Couples
New Study Finds That Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia Is a Major Cause of Death in COVID-19 Patients Who Require Ventilator Assistance
Pentatonix Havana
Vienna: Passenger Plays Hitler Speeches on Train, Causes Panic
Paula Cole - Autumn Leaves
Remarkable video from our Fox drone team
Oscar Benton Bensonhurst Blues
The official tapes of Trump's deposition in the E. Jean Carroll battery (rape) and defamation case have been released.
Here is the full video that the media are purposely not sharing
Nina Simone - ”I Put A Spell On You”. Vezi aici cum cântă Jeremy Ragsd
King Charles III being crowned.
NIGHTWISH - The Phantom Of The Opera
Newly released video of Donald Trump’s rape trial deposition:
Motorshow 2016 Tanjay Negros Oriental
Video: Ukraine MP Punches Russian Representative At Global Meet
Monica Bellucci - Ti Amo
Russia accused Ukraine of attacking the Kremlin with drones in an attempt to kill Putin
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean Milena The Voice France 2018
Ahead of King Charles’ coronation, British guards rehearse in the middle of the night in London
Michael Buble (Help Me Make It Through The Night) feat Loren Allred
Memories Canon In D - Maroon 5 (Boyce Avenue piano acoustic cover)
Matteo Simoni - Marina
Maroon 5 - One More Night
Maroon 5 - Memories
Mark Knopfler - Brothers In Arms (Berlin 2007 Live)
Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - Romeo And Juliet (Real Live Roadrunni
Marina, Marina - The LUCKY DUCKIES intimist live concert at Guimarães
Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On Mauranne The Voice France 2016
Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet - Joslin - Henri Mancini, Nino Rota
LoLa & Hauser - Love Story
Linkin Park Jay-Z - Numb Encore (Live 8 2005)
Hallelujah Mennel Ibtissem, The Voice France Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen - Dance Me to the End of Love
Leonard Cohen & Natasha Rostova - Dance me to the end of love
La casa de papel - Bella Ciao
La Camisa Negra
L'italiano (Toto Cutugno) - The Gypsy Queens
Juanes - La Camisa Negra
Jonathan and Charlotte - Britain's Got Talent 2012 Live Semi Final - U
John Powell - Assassin's Tango
Joe Cocker - You Can Leave Your Hat On (LIVE in Dortmund)
Joe Cocker - Unchain My Heart 2002 Live
Joe Cocker - A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Jay Z & Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind LIVE
Jason Mraz - Im Yours (live)
Jarrod Radnich - Bohemian Rhapsody - Virtuosic Piano Solo
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
James Blunt - You're Beautiful & Bonfire Heart (Live at The Nobel Peac)
If You Go Away - Helen Merrill & Stan Getz (Tribute to Virna Lisi)
I Say a Little Prayer
Hotel California ( Eagles ) 1994 Live
Historia de un amor - Luz Casal. Vezi interpretarea Biancăi Sumanariu
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover) on Spot
Heart - Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin - Kennedy Center Honors
HAVANA by Camila Cabello Zumba Pre Cooldown TML Crew Kramer Pastra
HAUSER and Señorita - I Will Always Love You
HAUSER - Waka Waka
HAUSER - Lambada
HAUSER - Historia de un Amor
HAUSER - Despacito
Great Pretender
Georgia May Foote & Giovanni Pernice Samba to 'Volare' - Strictly Come
Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues
Fugees - Killing Me Softly With His Song
French Latino - Historia de un Amor
For A Few Dollars More The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Live)
Flashdance • What a Feeling • Irene Cara
Filip Rudan - “Someone You Loved” Audicija 4 The Voice Hrvatska Sez
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Enya - Only Time
Enrique Iglesias - Bailando (English Version) ft. Sean Paul
Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos
Elena Yerevan Historia de un amor
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You (Official Music Video)
Ed Sheeran - Perfect Symphony [with Andrea Bocelli]
Ed Sheeran - Perfect (Official Music Video)
Easy On Me - Adele (Boyce Avenue 90’s style piano acoustic cover) on S
ERA - Ameno
ELENA YEREVAN- Cancion Del Mariachi-IN STUDIO-2017 DPR
Dust In The Wind - Kansas (Boyce Avenue acoustic cover)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Despacito x Shape Of You - Pentatonix
Deep Purple - Child In Time - Live (1970)
David Foster When A Man Loves A WomanIt's A Mans World (SealMichael Bo
Dance me to the end of Love ( Pi-Air Design )
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise (feat. L.V.) [Official Music Video]
Conquest Of Paradise (Vangelis), played on Böhm Emporio organ
Cielito Lindo
Chico & The Gypsies - Bamboleo
Canción Del Mariachi - Antonio Banderas, Los Lobos • Desperado
Camila Cabello - Havana (Audio) ft. Young Thug
Camila Cabello - Havana ( cover by J.Fla )
California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas José Feliciano (Boyce Ave
Buster Benton - Money Is The Name of The Game
Hallelujah Pentatonix
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy (Official Music Video)
Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door Emilia The Voice Kids France
Besame Mucho - Cesaria Evora
Ben E. King - Stand by Me Sax Cover Alexandra Ilieva Thomann
Bella Ciao
Beautiful in White x Canon in D (Piano Cover by Riyandi Kusuma)
Bad Romance - Vintage 1920's Gatsby Style Lady Gaga Cover ft. Ariana Savalas & Sarah Reich(1)
BAMBOLEO - Gipsy Kings • Antonio Banderas, Katya Virshilas
BAILANDO (original)
Awesome Ukrainian yodeler - SOFIA SHKIDCHENKO (with English subtitles)
Avicii - The Nights
Atom - The Great Gig in the Sky
Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Official Ly
Antonio Banderas - Cancion del Mariachi (Desperado)
André Rieu - Zorba's Dance (Sirtaki)
André Rieu - Can't Help Falling In Love
André Rieu & Mirusia - Ave Maria
Andrew Reyes Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down The Voice 2020 (
Andreas Kümmert Whiter Shade Of Pale The Voice of Germany 2013 Showd
And I Love You So
All About That Bass - Postmodern Jukebox European Tour Version
Alan Walker - Faded (Piano Cover)
Ain't No Sunshine -- Bill Withers (cover by Canen 12 y.o.)
African music
Adriana Vidović - “Creep” Audicija 4 The Voice Hrvatska Sezona 3
Adriana Vidović - “Believer” Nokaut 3 The Voice Hrvatska Sezona 3
A Fistful of Dollars - The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Tuva
4 Beautiful Soundtracks Relaxing Piano [10min]
2CELLOS - Whole Lotta Love vs. Beethoven 5th Symphony [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
2CELLOS - Smooth Criminal (Live at Suntory Hall, Tokyo)
2CELLOS - Smells Like Teen Spirit [Live at Sydney Opera House]
13 Year Old Girl Playing Il Silenzio (The Silence) - André Rieu
094.All About That Bass
(Ghost) Riders In the Sky (American Outlaws Live at Nassau Coliseum, 1
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams (Boyce Avenue ft. Conn
What a wonderful world
Moon river