China said on Monday a first group of Chinese nationals have been evacuated from Sudan to a neighboring country amid an ongoing operation to get its people away from a conflict that has raged for over a week between two Sudanese military factions.
Sudan has been plunged into violence after fighting broke out between the army and the government's paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on April 15 over disputes in talks that were meant to move the country closer to democracy.
The Chinese foreign ministry has activated an emergency mechanism to ensure the safety of Chinese nationals immediately after the clashes erupted, spokesperson Mao Ning said at a press conference.
Work groups have been sent to coordinate evacuation plans, Mao said, adding that the foreign ministry will stay in close contact with local authorities and other countries' embassies in Sudan.
(Cover: A view of China's foreign ministry. /CFP)