At the end of the Bundeswehr evacuation mission, an A400M aircraft from Sudan landed in Jordan with around 120 people on board. An onward journey to Germany is being prepared, said the Bundeswehr Operations Command in the short message service Twitter.
The Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defense had previously announced that a final evacuation flight would take place on Tuesday evening. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Eva Högl, was satisfied with the performance of the Bundeswehr during the mission. The SPD politician told the editorial network Germany: “The Bundeswehr has impressively demonstrated that it can react quickly and is ready for action in crises.”
Germany took over the multinational flight coordination at the airport near the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday. Inspector General Carsten Breuer is now in contact with partner countries who will take over the flight coordination from this Wednesday, the Federal Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defense announced. Those Germans who remained in Sudan should be evacuated in the coming days with the help of partner countries.
Bundestag votes on Sudan mandate
Because of the acute danger situation, the Bundeswehr’s mission on Sunday was initially started without the parliamentary approval that was actually required. The federal government wants to keep the option open to continue the mission in Sudan until the end of May. The Bundestag is to vote on a corresponding mandate this Wednesday and thus also subsequently approve the mission.
Up to 1,600 soldiers should be able to take part, and in an emergency this number could be exceeded, according to the traffic light government’s application for a mandate. The mandate expressly includes “the use of military force to enforce the order”. The aim is to protect “the life and limb of German nationals and other authorized persons”.
A clear majority can be expected when the Bundestag votes on the mission mandate. The opposition Union indicated its approval.
Other states also continued to bring their citizens from Sudan to safety. Britain flew its first nationals to Cyprus on Tuesday. A plane with 104 evacuees landed in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
In Sudan, de facto President Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who is also the supreme commander of the army, wants to use the military to oust his deputy Mohammed Hamdan Daglo, the leader of the influential paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF). According to information from the World Health Organization (WHO), around 460 people were killed and almost 4,100 injured in the fighting, which has been going on for more than ten days. The actual numbers are likely to be significantly higher. Tens of thousands of people have fled Sudan to neighboring countries such as Egypt, Chad and South Sudan. There is a shortage of water, food, medicine, fuel and electricity in large parts of the country.
se/mak (dpa, afp, ap, rtr)