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Nearly 500 flee Sudan for Saudi Arabia on two ships

Nearly 500 flee Sudan for Saudi Arabia on two ships

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Nearly 500 people arrived Monday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia aboard two vessels, one a US ship and the other Saudi, after fleeing the fighting in Sudan.

The US Navy's USS Brunswick arrived in the Saudi Red Sea port Monday carrying 308 people, according to Al-Ekhbariya TV, which showed images of numerous passengers wearing red shirts inscribed "US Embassy."

There were 105 Americans in total on the vessel, 100 Sudanese and others from 15 countries, officials told AFP, insisting on anonymity.

The Saudi vessel evacuated 171 from Sudan, including 41 Saudis and nationals of other countries, including Britain and the United States, according to SPA, the Saudi state news agency.

They were all part of a broader exodus that has seen more than 5,000 people seek refuge in the Gulf kingdom since fighting broke out in Sudan on April 15.

The United States conducted three overland convoys in as many days to help people flee the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to Port Sudan on the Red Sea, where a number of vessels have helped them flee the fighting.

Aside from the three convoys, Patel said US officials have helped nearly 1,000 Americans escape the spreading conflict in Sudan.

As of Monday, Saudi Arabia had received more than 5,400 civilian evacuees from Sudan, including 225 Saudis and foreigners from 102 countries, SPA said.

The fighting has killed more than 500 people, displaced tens of thousands and triggered an exodus of foreigners and international staff.