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PORT SUDAN, Sudan — The UN’s humanitarian chief arrived in Sudan’s essential seaport on Wednesday, as 1000’s of Sudanese and overseas nationals gathered there in hopes of fleeing the conflict-torn east African nation.

Martin Griffiths, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency aid coordinator on the UN, tweeted that his go to to town of Port Sudan is to affirm the physique’s dedication to the Sudanese folks.

His arrival got here on the final day of a shaky truce, meant to run out at midnight, that has achieved little to quell the preventing.

It additionally comes amid rising concern concerning the humanitarian state of affairs for these trapped and displaced by the preventing, which is the results of an influence battle between the nation’s two prime generals. However questions stay over how UN businesses can function with restricted employees and provides.

Greater than every week after the brutal violence broke out within the nation’s capital Khartoum of April 15, 1000’s of UN employees evacuated town by way of a land convoy to Port Sudan. Some UN places of work’ paused their providers, such because the World Meals Program, after two of its employees had been killed within the preventing within the south of Sudan. The WFP has since mentioned it would resume operations.

The battle for management of Sudan erupted after months of escalating tensions between the army, led by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and a rival paramilitary group known as the Speedy Assist Forces, commanded by Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

The battle has to date killed 550 folks, together with civilians, and wounded greater than 4900. The preventing has displaced no less than 334,000 folks inside Sudan, and despatched tens of 1000’s extra to neighboring international locations — Egypt, Chad, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Ethiopia, in line with U.N. businesses.

Greater than 42,000 Sudanese who fled the warfare of their nation have crossed into Egypt together with 2,300 overseas nationals for the reason that disaster started, in line with the U.N. refugee company.

Support employees are more and more involved about lack of fundamental providers in these areas, and likewise in Port Sudan, which is positioned on the Purple Sea some 400 kilometers (520 miles) from the capital.

Many western international locations have accomplished evacuations for his or her residents from the nation, with France, the UK and now the US utilizing Port Sudan as a base for these seeking to depart. However residents of different nations are nonetheless struggling to discover a manner out. An estimated lots of of Syrians, who got here to Sudan fleeing their very own nation’s civil warfare over the previous decade, are among the many final foreigners to depart.

Tariq Abdel-Hameed, a Syrian in Port Sudan, mentioned a second Damascus-bound flight with a round 200 Syrians largely pregnant ladies and sick folks, is scheduled to take off from Port Sudan later Wednesday.

He mentioned the primary flight landed within the Syrian capital early Wednesday, with some 200 folks, together with 21 youngsters, on board. He mentioned extra flights are scheduled within the coming days.

On Wednesday, the preventing continued in and round Khartoum. Clouds of smoke had been seen over areas of lively preventing, and residents-hiding of their homes-still heard sounds of explosions, with the battles nonetheless seemingly centred round key authorities buildings, such because the presidential palace.

There have been rising indicators of lawlessness in most of the metropolis’s neighbourhoods, with experiences that extra diplomatic services had been being focused. Armed males stormed the constructing housing the workplace of Saudi Arabia’s cultural attaché in Sudan, the dominion mentioned Wednesday.

A press release on the state-run Saudi Press Company mentioned an armed group “destroyed gear and cameras, seized a few of attaché‘s property and disrupted the attaché’s programs and servers.”

El-Hennawy reported from Cairo, Egypt. Jon Gambrell contributed to this report from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.