The Sudanese nationals whose passports were being processed for visas when the fighting started, according to the US Embassy there, have had their passports destroyed.
In light of the country’s continued violence between the opposing military government factions, the U.S. Mission in Khartoum issued a statement on Friday to explain the action it had taken.
Parts of the statement stated that “Our Embassy in Khartoum had passports of Sudanese and other third country nationals who were in the process of applying for visas as well as passports of U.S. citizens applying for consular services.” “Because the security situation prevented us from returning those passports in a secure manner. We followed protocol and destroyed them rather than leaving them unattended,”
The document said, “It is standard operating procedure during a drawdown to take precautions to not leave behind any documents, materials, or information that could fall into the wrong hands and be misused.”
In response to the rising violence, the American government closed its embassy in the country of North Africa and evacuated its ambassadors, staff members, and citizens.
Since April, Sudan has been engulfed in violence as a result of differences between the militia Rapid Support Forces (RSF) commander, Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo, and the Sudanese troops, led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan.
In the struggle that has turned the streets of the nation’s capital, Khartoum, and other locations into war zones, more than 500 people have been killed and over 4000 others have been injured.