US conducts 1st evacuation of its citizens from Sudan war

FILE - Smoke is seen in Khartoum, Sudan, Wednesday, April 19, 2023. The U.S. conducted its first organized evacuation of citizens and permanent residents from Sudan, the State Department said Saturday, April 29, two weeks into a conflict that has turned Khartoum into a war zone and thrown the country into turmoil. American unmanned aircraft, which have been keeping an eye on overland evacuation routes for days, were providing armed overwatch for the American operation, according to two people briefed on the operation who were not authorized to speak publicly. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of Americans fleeing two weeks of deadly fighting in Sudan reached the east African nation’s port Saturday in the first U.S.-run evacuation, completing a dangerous land journey under escort of armed drones.