Australia and New Zealand are sending planes to evacuate nationals due to the unrest in New Caledonia

SYDNEY (AP) — The governments of Australia and New Zealand announced Tuesday they are sending planes to evacuate their nationals from violence-scorched New Caledonia.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong confirmed that Australia has been cleared for two flights to evacuate citizens and other tourists from New Caledonia amid violent unrest ravaging the French Pacific archipelago, where indigenous people have long sought independence from France sought.

“We continue to work on further flights,” Wong wrote on social media platform X on Tuesday.

New Zealand also announced it would send a plane to evacuate its nationals from the Pacific island capital of Noumea on Tuesday, the first in a series of proposed flights to bring its citizens home.

“New Zealanders in New Caledonia have had a challenging few days – and getting them home has been an urgent priority for the government,” Peters said.

At least six people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in New Caledonia after violence erupted last week following controversial electoral reforms passed in Paris.