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Two more flights with Sudan evacuees expected on Monday evening

military operation to evacuate british embassy diplomats and their families from sudan
Soldiers at Akrotiri RAF base board flight bound for Sudan on April 25 [Reuters]

Two more flights are expected on Monday evening with people who were evacuated from Sudan, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Theodoros Gotsis said on Monday.

So far, 2,200 people have arrived from Sudan, while 2,100 have left Cyprus.

Two more flights are expected tonight, he told the Cyprus News Agency, without specifying on the exact number of passengers.

Earlier, Gotsis, tweeted about the work carried out through the Cyprus Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, for facilitating the humanitarian evacuation operations from Sudan, “and the swift repatriation of citizens from 26 countries”.

He also expressed “huge appreciation to all embassies and the partners for our cooperation”, at the ZENON Coordination Centre during the past week.

“We continue together!”, he said.

Cyprus is offering facilities to countries for the repatriation of their nationals from Sudan through the island since April 25 when the country activated the National Plan Estia. The plan provides for the reception and repatriation of foreign citizens from an area in crisis through the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.

On Sunday, Gotsis said evacuation efforts from Sudan through Cyprus continue and authorities have already accepted an aid request from Australia to repatriate its citizens through Larnaca.

Gotsis had added that the UK will also continue efforts to repatriate Britons from the African country until Tuesday.

He had also stated that two family members of a person of Cypriot origin, who were traveling by road to Egypt, have already arrived in the country and are under the responsibility of the Cypriot embassy in Cairo.

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