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Cyprus Offers to Assist in Evacuations From Sudan

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus said on Tuesday it had activated a humanitarian rescue mechanism for the evacuation of third-country civilians through the island from Sudan.

“The Republic of Cyprus intends to offer facilities to friendly countries for the repatriation of their nationals through Cyprus,” the Cypriot Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Cyprus has facilitated humanitarian evacuations before. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from Lebanon through Cyprus in 2006 during an escalation of violence with Israel.

(Reporting by Michele Kambas; Editing by Alison Williams)

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