Thai Nationals evacuated from Sudan crisis arrive in Saudi Arabia, await repatriation

The first group of 82 Thai nationals, who have fled the ongoing turmoil in Sudan, arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia yesterday morning. They are awaiting repatriation to Thailand by the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) right now, as confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The RTAF dispatched three aircraft – two C-130s and an Airbus A340-500 – from the Bor Nor 6 navy airport adjoining to Don Mueang on Tuesday night as a half of the mission to repatriate Thais from Saudi Arabia after they had escaped the violent and escalating crisis in Sudan.
The plane were on their way to Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had designated as the meeting level for Thai citizens in Sudan trying to return to Thailand.
The preliminary group of 82 Thai nationals reached the airport at 9am, having travelled by way of a ship from Port Sudan offered by the Saudi Arabian government, Kanchana Patarachoke, director-general of the Department of Information at the Ministry, reported.
The ship was additionally transporting nearly 1,seven-hundred foreign travellers of various nationalities, all looking for to return to their house international locations.
New dispatched from Thailand arrived at Jeddah airport at 9.30pm yesterday to gather the Thai citizens, whereas the remaining two planes have been still en route. Following screening, it emerged that solely seventy eight of the group would proceed to Thailand today, as 4 individuals opted to stay in Saudi Arabia because of having family there.
Another 133 Thais, along with one international household – consisting of a Thai girl, her American spouse, and their baby – have registered for evacuation with Saudi authorities and are currently ready to board the Saudi ship from Port Sudan.
Additionally, a group of 5 Thai college students hoping to return to their home country and currently residing outside the city of Khartoum in Sudan, are also making their way to the port, as noted by Kanchana yesterday.
Air Chief Marshal Alongkorn Vannarot, the commander-in-chief of the air drive, talked about that the arrival of the Thai evacuees at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok could additionally be delayed from the unique schedule because of the complexity of the mission.
The evacuees have been initially anticipated to return to Bangkok yesterday night time, nonetheless, the model new anticipated arrival time at Don Mueang Airport has been amended to around 10pm right now; this schedule may change.
Around 800 individuals were waiting to embark on the Saudi ship at Port Sudan, according to stories. Air Chief Marshal Alongkorn acknowledged that the air force could have to implement a threat administration plan, as it remains unsure whether everybody will handle to depart the port as a result of large number of totally different nationalities attempting to depart..

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