As of: 04/28/2023 8:27 am
Defense Minister Pistorius welcomes those returning from Bundeswehr duty in Sudan at the air base in Wunstorf today. The foreign minister is also expected to be named. NDR.de broadcasts the arrival live.
“The return of the main forces of the withdrawing association is planned in Wunstorf around 5 p.m.,” the Bundeswehr said. Five transport aircraft and their crews are scheduled to land at the airport in succession. Called the Returned Appeal, it honors the performance of service women and men. In addition to Defense Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD), the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr, General Carsten Breuer, and the head of the evacuation association, Major General Dirk Faust, will officially welcome the soldiers. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbach (Greens) is expected to be the guest, along with members of the Bundestag from the foreign affairs and defense committees.
The Bundeswehr came prepared: tanks, hospitals and heavy weapons
Meanwhile, deployment for the Bundeswehr turned out to be more dangerous than initially thought. The inventory shows that soldiers in Sudan are preparing for violent conflict. how Special media Reports and members of the air base confirmed to NDR Lower Saxony on Thursday that the Bundeswehr was deployed with around 1,000 soldiers and heavy equipment. Among them were tanks and armored personnel carriers of the “Wiesel” type. The ministry had learned from the chaotic situation at Kabul airport at the end of the Afghanistan mission nearly two years ago and was prepared to say the military had a strong mission.
Bundeswehr rescues 700 people from Sudan
Air Force Airbus A400Ms stationed at Wunsdorf in Lower Saxony began flying people from Sudan to Jordan on Sunday. The Bundeswehr plane, which took off from Al-Azraq in Jordan for Sudan, landed at an airport near the capital Khartoum. At the end of the German rescue flights, the Defense and Foreign Ministries announced: “Until other countries ensure the operation of air transport, no German evacuation flights are planned from this region.” It said Germans still in Sudan who could not make it to the airport would be picked up by international partners on their evacuation flights in the next few days. Emergency services have brought more than 700 people to safety from Sudan in the past few days.
People were expelled from many countries
In addition to about 200 Germans, the Bundeswehr also took in citizens from other countries, including Belgium, Great Britain, Jordan, Austria and some African countries. “Onward travel of nationals of other countries evacuated will be coordinated with the concerned states,” the operational command said.
Fighting between the army and the Rapid Support Forces in Sudan
In Sudan, de facto President Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has been fighting with the military since April 15 against his deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daghlo, who heads the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). More than 420 people have been killed and 3,700 injured in the fighting. An initial 72-hour ceasefire took effect on Tuesday, after which thousands of civilians, including in neighboring Egypt, were able to move to safety. On Thursday, the rival military camps agreed to extend the ceasefire for another 72 hours. This was announced by the United States and Saudi Arabia, which are involved in the mediation. But despite the ceasefire, fighting has flared up again, eyewitnesses say.
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