The UAE waives fines for overstaying a visa for citizens of this country

The UAE stated on Friday that it will cancel fines paid by Sudanese citizens in the previous month for staying in the country on expired visas due to the ongoing crisis in their home country.

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Financial penalties incurred after April 15 will be waived, according to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

According to state news agency Wam, the decision will affect Sudanese nationals whose work or residency cards have expired or who have overstayed their originally scheduled departure date.

This is being done as a gesture of support for the people of the North African country, which has been gripped by violent conflict between rival military factions for over a month.

On Friday, airstrikes resumed on the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and its twin city of Bahri, making an already catastrophic humanitarian situation much worse.

According to the Sudanese Doctors' Union, at least 800 civilians have been killed thus far.

Seventy percent or more of war zones' hospitals have closed. The World Health Organisation has condemned the theft of tonnes of medical goods.

The United Nations Refugee Agency reported on Friday that 1.1 million people had been displaced as a result of the violence.

The director general of the ICA, Maj. Gen. Suhail Al Khaili, has stated that this initiative is in accordance with the UAE's efforts to aid Sudan.

The Embassy of Sudan in the United Arab Emirates has expressed appreciation for the help.

Wam, Sudan's official news agency, said in 2020 that roughly 100,000 Sudanese were living in the United Arab Emirates.

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Important help

On Friday, a ship from the United Arab Emirates brought 1,000 tonnes of food and other supplies to the port city of Port Sudan in Sudan.

On Tuesday, the UAE dispatched two further relief flights to the crisis-stricken nation.

According to state news agency Wam, the plane brought 34 tonnes of food to the people of Sudan who are in the middle of the battle.

The first jet sent 18 tonnes of supplies to Port Sudan Airport, while the second brought 16 tonnes to Chad.

On Wednesday, May 10, three planes dropped out 116 tonnes of food and medicine to help the people who had been harmed by the fighting.

Two of the planes arrived at the airport in Port Sudan carrying lifesaving medications and medical equipment like surgical tape and endoscope kits for use in emergency surgeries.

Since the conflict in Sudan broke out, the UAE has sent in over 1,500 tonnes of medical and food aid.

Hundreds of people from over 20 different nations have taken flights out of Sudan and been welcomed by the Emirates since April 29.


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