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

The first group of eighty two Thai nationals, who’ve 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 plane – two C-130s and an Airbus A340-500 – from the Bor Nor 6 military airport adjacent to Don Mueang on Tuesday night time as part of the mission to repatriate Thais from Saudi Arabia after that 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 because the meeting point for Thai residents in Sudan trying to return to Thailand.
The initial group of eighty two Thai nationals reached the airport at 9am, having travelled via a ship from Port Sudan offered by the Saudi Arabian government, Kanchana Patarachoke, director-general of the Department of Information on the Ministry, reported.
The ship was additionally transporting almost 1,700 overseas travellers of assorted nationalities, all in search of to return to their house countries.
The Airbus dispatched from Thailand arrived at Jeddah airport at 9.30pm yesterday to collect the Thai residents, while the remaining two planes have been nonetheless en route. Following screening, it emerged that solely 78 of the group would continue to Thailand at present, as 4 people opted to remain in Saudi Arabia as a outcome of having family there.
Another 133 Thais, together with one foreign household – consisting of a Thai girl, her American partner, and their youngster – have registered for evacuation with Saudi authorities and are currently waiting to board the Saudi ship from Port Sudan.
Additionally, a bunch of five Thai college students hoping to return to their home country and at present residing outside town of Khartoum in Sudan, are also making their method to the port, as noted by Kanchana yesterday.
Surge , the commander-in-chief of the air drive, talked about that the arrival of the Thai evacuees at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok may be delayed from the original schedule as a end result of complexity of the mission.
The evacuees were initially anticipated to return to Bangkok yesterday evening, nonetheless, the model new expected arrival time at Don Mueang Airport has been amended to round 10pm at present; this schedule may also change.
Around 800 individuals had been ready to embark on the Saudi ship at Port Sudan, based on reports. Air Chief Marshal Alongkorn acknowledged that the air force could need to implement a risk management plan, because it stays uncertain whether everybody will manage to go away the port due to the large variety of completely different nationalities making an attempt to depart..

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