Kuala Lumpur, 26 April 2023 (TDI): 30 stranded Malaysians have successfully left Port Sudan on board, a Saudi naval vessel bound for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after a 30-hour trek by land commencing in Khartoum.

The ongoing clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), have caused enormous suffering and the deaths of innocent people.

Sudan was hit by air strikes that caused chaos and destruction in various parts of the country, including the capital city of Khartoum.

This led to a situation where many foreign nationals, including 30 Malaysians, were stranded in the country and unable to leave.

However, with the support of the Saudi Arabian government, these Malaysians were finally able to evacuate the country safely.

The journey to safety began with a 30-hour land trip from Khartoum to Port Sudan, which was located approximately 700 kilometers away.

It is reported that this journey was particularly arduous, as the roads were in poor condition and there were security concerns due to the ongoing conflict in the region.

Despite the challenges, the Malaysians were able to reach Port Sudan safely.

Once they arrived at Port Sudan, the 30 Malaysians boarded a Saudi navy vessel violence them to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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The journey by sea was reportedly much smoother and safer than the land journey, and the Malaysians were able to reach Jeddah in a relatively short amount of time.

The safe evacuation of these 30 Malaysians was made possible through the collaborative efforts of various parties, including the government of Malaysia, the Saudi Arabian government, and the Malaysian embassy in Cairo, which is responsible for consular matters in Sudan.

Overall, this incident highlights the importance of having an effective and efficient evacuation plan in place for various emergencies, particularly when it comes to ensuring the safety of citizens who may be stranded in foreign countries during times of crisis.