Khartoum airport to reopen: Sudanese civil aviation chief

2021 11 01


SUDAN's civil aviation authority suspended all flights to and from Khartoum airport, the airport said, Reuters reports.

The head of the civil aviation authority said that the suspension was due to the current events in the country.

However, Ibrahim Adlan said that Sudanese airspace remains open to passing flights.

Meanwhile, Sudan's top general has defended the army's seizure of power, saying he had ousted the government to avoid civil war as protesters took to the streets, after a day of deadly clashes, to demonstrate against the military takeover.

The airport was closed following last week's ousting of Sudan's government by the military.

Sudan's armed forces dismissed Ibrahim Adlan, head of the county's civil aviation authority, said sector sources.

On October 25, the Sudanese military, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, took control of the government in a military coup, said Wikipedia.

At least five senior government figures were detained. Civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok refused to declare support for the coup, he was put under house arrest on October 26, said Wikipedia.

Widespread internet outages were also reported. Later the same day, the Sovereignty Council was dissolved, a state of emergency was put in place, and a majority of the Hamdok Cabinet and a large number.

Earlier the Sudanese government announced on September 21, there had been a failed attempt at a coup d'谷tat from the military that had led to the arrest of 40 military officers.

One month after the attempted coup, another military coup resulted in the capture of the civilian government including Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The coup was led by general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan who subsequently declared a state of emergency, said the Sudan Wikipedia entry.

Thousands demonstrated in Khartoum to show solidarity with the transitional government. At least four cabinet ministers were detained by soldiers.

One report suggests civilian Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was arrested, but this has not been confirmed. It is unclear who carried out the arrests. The military has not commented on the reports.

The arrests comes amid rising tensions between the country's military and civilian transitional authorities. Both sides have been sharing power since the toppling of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

But tensions have grown since a coup attempt attributed to followers of Mr Bashir was foiled in September.

At least three people have been killed and 80 have been injured, the Sudan Central Doctor's Committee wrote on its Facebook page. Those who died had been shot by soldiers, it said.

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