All US personnel and their dependents under US security have been evacuated from the US embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, amid fighting in the country, the State Department said late Saturday.

Operations at the embassy have been temporarily suspended, the department said.

The move came after US citizens were told to shelter in place as a security measure. The country’s military said it had agreed to grant evacuation requests made by the United States, Britain, France and China.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said in the department’s announcement: «The widespread fighting has caused significant civilian deaths and injuries and damage to essential infrastructure and poses an unacceptable risk to our embassy personnel.»

kurt chirbas contributed.