SUDAN WATCH: UN evacuating 148 staff from Chad into Cameroon - French planes had fired "warning shots"

Thursday, April 13, 2006

UN evacuating 148 staff from Chad into Cameroon - French planes had fired "warning shots"

All calm on the streets of the capital after dawn attack, taxis and cars start circulating again, reports IRIN.

A spokesman for the French military said in Paris on Thursday lunchtime "we are undertaking exercises in Chad to preserve the security of French nationals". He denied that French forces had attacked rebel positions though said that French planes had fired "warning shots".

UN agencies scaling back in east Chad

IRIN reports UN aid workers have warned that the current instability is a particular threat in eastern Chad which is nearing the end of a short window of opportunity to build up food stocks, before the rainy season makes roads impassable from the end of June.

The UN said it was evacuating 148 non-essential staff from its various agencies to neighboring Cameroon aboard two chartered aircraft while some embassies, including the US, said they planned to evacuate family members, Betel Miarom reported Apr 13.

Foreign ministry advises Swiss in Chad to stay indoors

The Swiss foreign ministry in Bern is following events in Chad closely. "But there is no desperate need to evacuate the estimated 100 Swiss citizens who are there," spokesman Lars Knuchel told swissinfo.

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