US evacuates dozens of Americans in Burundi
The United States has evacuated all US citizens and their dependents in Burundi who have asked to leave the country amid a failed coup that forced more than 100,000 people to flee, US Department of State spokesperson Jeff Rathke said during a press briefing on Monday, Sputniknews reported.
Rathke explained that the United States chartered three commercial flights from Burundi on Sunday that transported about 20 US citizens and several foreign citizens with them.
In April 2015, widespread protests erupted in Burundi following President Pierre Nkurunziza's announcement to seek reelection, which opponents say contradicts the country's constitution.
Last week, Burundi's authorities arrested the leaders of an attempted coup, which caused over 105,000 people to flee the country, according to the United Nations.