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Two Italian Air Force C-130Js Have Evacuated Italian Citizens From Sudan

Evacuation of Sudan
One of the two C-130Js involved in the evacuation of the Italian citizens from Sudan. (Screenshot from Italian MOD video)

The Italian airlifters, deployed to Djibouti, have evacuated about 200 civilians, including more than 100 Italians out of Sudan.

The power struggle between the regular army and a powerful paramilitary force has led to fierce fighting across Sudan and in Karthoum for more than a week, forcing several countries to evacuate diplomats and citizens from Sudan’s capital. The evacuation of “all Italians who wanted to leave Sudan” has been successfully completed, said Foreign Minister and Deputy Premier Antonio Tajani arriving at a meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Luxembourg.

The mission to bring home the Italian citizens along with civilians from other nations was launched on Sunday, Apr. 23, when two C-130J (including at least one C-130J-30) took off from Djibouti, at around 13.55 Italian time.

The two Super Hercules, belonging to the 46^ Brigata Aerea (Air Brigade) from Pisa, carrying Italian Army and Carabinieri special forces personnel as well as Air Force riflemen, tasked to provide security when on the ground in Sudan, landed at Khartoum where around 200 civilians were boarded, including 140 Italians (although some sources say the Italians were 105), and then took off again to Djibouti.

At 22.57 Italian Time, Italy’s Minister of Defense, Guido Crosetto, announced that the Italian citizens were safe and being flown back to Djibouti. From there, the civilians embarked on the Italian Air Force KC-767A MM62226 of the 14° Stormo based at Pratica di Mare, that arrived to Djibouti from Kuwait, that at the time of writing is on its way to Rome – Ciampino airport, where it expected to land in the evening.

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The Italian KC-767 tracking on ADSBExchange from Djibouti back to Italy.

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The Italian KC-767 tracking on ADSBExchange from Djibouti back to Italy.

The Italian evacuation took place as the U.S., UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands were also evacuating their diplomats and other nationals from Sudan. The U.S. Embassy was evacuated and little less than 100 people were airlifted using three MH-47 Chinook helicopters.

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.

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