Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian embassy (KBRI) in Khartoum repatriated 5 Indonesian nationals (WNI) on August 20, 2023, amid the continued armed conflict in Sudan.

Before being repatriated to Indonesia, the WNIs stayed at the Indonesian embassy in Khartoum in Port Sudan. They were mostly Indonesian migrant workers in the household sector, who lived and worked in Khartoum, according to a press release received from KBRI Khartoum on Monday.

The 5 citizens had earlier decided not to join an evacuation operation organized for other Indonesian nationals who were evacuated and brought to Indonesia in April.

"But with the widespread armed conflict still ongoing to this day, the 5 Indonesian citizens requested assistance from the Indonesian embassy to be evacuated," KBRI said.

The Indonesian government has repatriated more than 1 thousand Indonesian nationals from Sudan ever since the armed conflict between the Sudanese army (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary group broke out on April 15, 2023.

Based on data from the Indonesian embassy in Khartoum, there are 1,209 Indonesian citizens living in Sudan, most of whom are students and university students.

The Sudan conflict has left more than 3 thousand civilians dead and thousands injured, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing local medics.

According to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Sudan conflict has pushed over 20 million people into severe acute hunger.

States like Khartoum, South and West Kordofan, and parts of Darfur have been hit the hardest by famine, WFP said.

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