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Citizens of European countries are seen outside the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger, on 2 August

Another European international locations have already began evacuation flights from Niger

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The primary group of British nationals have safely left Niger on a French flight to Paris, the International Workplace has mentioned.

It gave no additional particulars on what number of Britons have been on the aircraft however mentioned a “very small quantity” stay in Niger.

Violence has damaged out within the west African nation following final week’s army coup.

France and Italy had already began evacuating their residents.

The UK authorities had beforehand suggested British nationals to register their whereabouts and keep indoors.

There have been believed to be fewer than 100 British nationals in Niger.

The primary to be evacuated have been those that had requested to depart Niger and have been in a position to make their strategy to the airport in time for this flight.

An announcement from the International Workplace mentioned: “The UK’s ambassador and a core staff stay in Niger to help the very small variety of British nationals who’re nonetheless there. We’re grateful to the French for his or her assist on this evacuation.”

German residents in Niger – who’re additionally thought to quantity fewer than 100 – have been urged to depart the nation aboard planes organised by France, whereas the Spanish authorities mentioned it was getting ready to evacuate round 70 of its residents.

International Secretary James Cleverly, who’s presently in Nigeria as a part of a three-country tour of Africa, mentioned earlier on Wednesday: “The UK authorities’s precedence stays the security of British nationals and serving to them get overseas to security.”

The coup has prompted demonstrations towards France, the previous colonial energy in Niger, with the French embassy coming below assault.

Early on Wednesday 262 folks arrived in Paris from Niger, whereas Italy has additionally organised a flight, which arrived in Rome with 87 evacuees.

The aircraft was carrying 36 Italians, 21 Individuals and one Briton, in response to Reuters information company.

Niger, which is wealthy in uranium, has been a key Western ally within the struggle towards jihadist extremism within the Sahel area. Each France and the US have army bases there.

President Mohamed Bazoum, Niger’s first democratically elected chief because the nation’s independence in 1960, was detained by his presidential guards final week.

The West African regional bloc Ecowas has mentioned it will use power except the president was launched and reinstated inside every week.

However army teams in neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea, additionally former French colonies, warned any forcible intervention could be seen as a declaration of battle.

There are considerations Niger’s new management might now transfer away from its Western allies and nearer to Russia, like Burkina Faso and Mali, which have each pivoted in direction of Moscow since their very own army coups.

The evacuation flight comes three months after airlifts have been organised out of Sudan following combating between warring factions.

A negotiated, short-term ceasefire allowed UK evacuation flights to take off from an airstrip close to Khartoum, whereas the delicate ceasefire held and a few 2,341 folks have been airlifted to security on 28 UK flights.

By Maggi

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