The big fear is that the war in Sudan will escalate once foreign governments complete the evacuation of their nationals, unless the warring sides agree to extend the 72-hour truce due to end tonight.
Despite the ceasefire, the fighting is now in its 13th day and is across Sudan, from Gedaref near the eastern border with Ethiopia, to Darfur near the western border with Chad, as well as the city of Damazin in the south and the town of Merowe in the north.
At least seven states have been affected by the violence, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
Worst-hit by the conflict are Khartoum and areas of Darfur, the birthplace of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) fighting the military for power in Sudan.
Darfur was the scene of a vicious war that broke out two decades ago, with the Janjaweed militiamen – many of whom are now in the RSF – playing a pivotal role in crushing a rebellion against the central government.
As a result, the RSF has a strong military presence in Darfur, and it could retreat to the region and recruit more fighters to challenge the power of the military. It could also rekindle old feuds, making the conflict more complicated.
Foreign governments are pushing for an extension of the ceasefire, and for a negotiated end to the conflict.
If this does not happen, the military and RSF could become involved in a fight to the finish – and Sudanese civilians will suffer the most.