The Pentagon has deployed forces to assist in the possible evacuation of US embassy personnel from Sudan.
A small number of US troops have arrived in Djibouti to preposition forces and equipment for a potential evacuation, with army soldiers tapped for the task. This comes after an attack on a US embassy convoy in Khartoum earlier this week, as the conflict between Sudan’s military and a rival paramilitary force worsens and negotiations break down.
The White House press secretary gave a briefing about the plans to get US embassy personnel and their families to safety. An estimated 16 thousand private US citizens are currently registered with the US embassy in Sudan. Although the exact number may not be accurate as there is no requirement to register or notify the embassy when they leave the country.
Late last week, the White House confirmed there are no plans for a broader pullout of US citizens. White House national security council spokesperson John Kirby, says Americans should make their own arrangements to stay safe. The US State Department said has confirmed that an American citizen had died in Sudan, but did not provide any further details.