Jakarta (Reportase One) – An Indonesian citizen was reportedly hit by a stray bullet on Sunday (16/4) amid the military conflict in Sudan, while dozens of Indonesian citizens have been evacuated to the Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum.
“The incident happened on the second day of the conflict. The Indonesian citizen in question lives in Arkaweet, and was hit by a stray bullet which caused a small scratch on his waist,” said Director for Protection of Indonesian Citizens and Indonesian Legal Entities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Judha Nugraha via text message, Wednesday.
“Currently the person concerned is recovered and healthy,” he said, adding.
Responding to the escalating situation in Sudan, the Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum evacuated 15 Indonesian citizens to shelters at the Indonesian Embassy, on Tuesday (18/4).
The evacuation was carried out when Indonesian Embassy staff moved to distribute logistical assistance to Indonesian citizens affected by the security situation in that country.
“Using the movement opportunity when carrying out logistical distribution, the Indonesian Embassy brought 15 Indonesian citizens from the Khartoum region, the majority of which consisted of families with small children or babies and pregnant women,” said Judha.
Taking into account the war situation that is still ongoing at several points in Khartoum, he said, Indonesian citizens who have not been able to reach shelters in The Indonesian Embassy is advised to remain in their respective homes and not carry out activities outside the home.
“For the sake of safety, move towards safe house The Indonesian Embassy was carried out when the security situation allowed,” said Judha.
Based on data from the Indonesian Embassy, there are around 1,209 Indonesian citizens living in Sudan, the majority of whom live in the Khartoum region, some in Wad Madani, and Port Sudan.
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Fighting has been raging since Saturday (15/4) between the Sudanese national army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Khartoum and the surrounding region.
More than 180 people have been killed and 1,800 others injured in the ongoing violence, according to United Nations (UN) data.
Disagreements between the two military rivals over military and security reform, which involve the full participation of the RSF in the army, have turned into a heated conflict in recent months.
The dispute between the two sides came to the fore last week, when the army said recent moves by the RSF had been uncoordinated and illegal.
On Tuesday, the Sudanese army agreed to a temporary truce with the RSF for 24 hours from 6:00 pm local time.
Japan is starting to prepare to evacuate its citizens from Sudan in the midst of deadly fighting in that country, while Indonesia has not stated that it will evacuate Indonesian citizens from Sudan.
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