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Brits trapped in Sudan ‘forced to kill their pets to stop animals from starving’

Brits left in violence-ridden Sudan are allegedly being forced to kill their own pets to ensure they don’t starve.

Some 4,000 British people are still trapped inside the North African nation after missing out on extraction flights by the SAS and UK armed forces.

British diplomats were pulled out of the country in an operation Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said involved over 1,200 military personnel – however, frustrations have been levelled at the government with so many civilians still left behind.

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Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Tory MP, Alicia Kearns, said: "We have to think about the context in which British citizens find themselves which will be absolute abject fear.

“There is very little water left, there is very little food.

"I'm even hearing stories of people killing their pets because they are worried they are going to starve. People are terrified.

"And across the world, there are very limited evacuations going on because of the complexities on the ground."

She continued: "As a former foreign office diplomat you are the last person out.

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"However, there was a meaningful risk to the lives of British diplomats and that's why we saw all of our allies lift out their diplomats. But now the focus has to shift towards getting out British nationals."

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "The safety of all British nationals in Sudan continues to be our utmost priority.

"We are working alongside international partners and doing all we can to ensure the safe passage of our citizens in what remains a very challenging context.

"The FCDO continues to run a 24/7 crisis operation to provide support to British Nationals and their families."

However, the challenges remain severe, with development minister Andrew Mitchell telling Radio 4 that when it came to getting the remaining British citizens out of the country no assurances could be given.

"I recognise that there will be some of our citizens who are very well informed and understand the situation locally extremely well who may decide to take other options, but they do so at their own risk.”


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