An evacuation plane from Turkey was shot as it landed in Khartoum, the capital of war-torn Sudan, despite a supposed ceasefire. Paramilitary forces injured a crew member and damaged the fuel supply. The Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) fired at the aircraft landing on the Wadi Saeedna airbase.
Despite the attack the plane did manage to land successfully and is being repaired, according to Sudan’s army.
There are 3000 Brits still stranded in the exceptionally dangerous country, amongst thousands of others all trying to escape.
The fragile ceasefire ends in 72 hours and as such those seeking to flee are becoming more and more desperate to reach the airstrip and board an evacuation flight.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has warned that flights out of the country could become “impossible”.
Almost 900 Brits have been rescued so far, many of them children. Flights from Khartoum headed for Cyprus en route to the UK.
However with thousands of UK nationals remaining in the creaking nation, the Foreign Office will be anxious to ensure as many as possible escape.
The ceasefire has been broken many times since its agreement, and violence has not been isolated to the capital.
The nearby city of Bahri has also been ravaged by fighting.
According to the MailOnline, Bahri resident Mahasin al-Awad said: “The situation this morning is very scary. We hear the sounds of planes and explosions. We don’t know when this hell will end.”
The 65-year-old added: “We’re in a constant state of fear for ourselves and our children.”