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World US ‘deeply alarmed’ over reports of military coup in Sudan

11:15  25 october  2021
11:15  25 october  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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Reports out of the country suggest a coordinated military offensive to blackout the internet in Khartoum, arrest key political figures and raid broadcast companies. A Reuters witness described members of the military and the country’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces stationed in the streets throughout the capital. Jeffery Feltman, seen here in 2011, said he is ‘ deeply alarmed ’ by reports of a military coup in Sudan . (JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images) (JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images). The BBC reported that Khartoum airport is closed, and international flights have been suspended.

Sudan ’s military has placed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok under house arrest after moving him to an unknown location for refusing to support a coup , according to the information ministry. The ministry said on Monday that Hamdok called on the Sudanese people to “defend their revolution”. “The US is deeply alarmed at reports of a military take- over of the transitional government,” said US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman. “This would contravene the Constitutional Declaration (which outlines the transition) and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people,” he said

The top U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa on Monday took to Twitter to announce his alarm over reports of a military coup in Sudan targeting the country's tenuous transitional government.

Reports out of the country suggest a coordinated military offensive to blackout the internet in Khartoum, arrest key political figures and raid broadcast companies. A Reuters witness described members of the military and the country’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces stationed in the streets throughout the capital.

Military forces in the country have reportedly placed Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok under house arrest and have been urging him to come out in support of the coup. The Umma Party, the country's largest political party, called on people to take to the streets to counter the military, the Associated Press reported. 

PM, officials detained, internet down in apparent Sudan coup

  PM, officials detained, internet down in apparent Sudan coup CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's interim prime minister and a number of senior government officials were arrested Monday, the information ministry said, describing the actions as a military coup. The internet in the country was largely cut off and military forces closed bridges, according to the ministry’s Facebook page. It said the whereabouts of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok were not immediately known. Meanwhile, the country’s state news channel played patriotic traditional music and scenes of the Nile river. The country's main pro-democracy group and the largest political party urged people in separate appeals to take to the streets to counter the apparent military coup.

It is reported that the Sudanese general Burkhan is behind the attempted military coup . Local sources write that he is preparing to form a new government, as he believes that the current cabinet "is not working in the interests of the Sudanese people." Meanwhile, the situation in Khartoum is heating It is reported that hundreds of local residents are setting up barricades on the streets of the Sudanese capital, lighting fires in preparation to resist a military coup . The situation in this African country is particularly noteworthy. The fact is that in Sudan , Russia was supposed to create a logistics center on

Sudan protesters divided over transitional government. US , EU call for democracy. The EU called for restoration of the transition process. German diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa & Sahel, Robert Dölger, said on Twitter, " We stand with the people of Sudan and their aspiration for freedom and Earlier, Hamdok had described the rift between ruling factions as the "worst and most dangerous crisis" for the transition government. Last week, some ministers had taken part in protests in Khartoum and other cities against the possibility of military rule. The country is supposed to hold general elections in 2023.

Jeffery Feltman, seen here in 2011, said he is ‘deeply alarmed’ by reports of a military coup in Sudan. (JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images) JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images © JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images Jeffery Feltman, seen here in 2011, said he is ‘deeply alarmed’ by reports of a military coup in Sudan. (JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images) JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images

The BBC reported that Khartoum airport is closed, and international flights have been suspended.

A takeover by the military, backed by conservative Islamists, would be a major setback for Khartoum, which has grappled with a transition to democracy since long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir was toppled by mass protests in 2019. There was a failed coup attempt last month.

Demonstrators shout slogans as they gather to support current civilian government during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan on October 21, 2021. (Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © Provided by FOX News Demonstrators shout slogans as they gather to support current civilian government during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan on October 21, 2021. (Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Jeffery Feltman, the U.S. envoy, had just visited the country in an attempt to cool tensions, Bloomberg reported.

US 'deeply alarmed' by reports of military takeover in Sudan

  US 'deeply alarmed' by reports of military takeover in Sudan The U.S. expressed alarm on Monday over an apparent military coup in Sudan, shortly after the Biden administration's special envoy for the Horn of Africa was in the country encouraging cooperation between civilian and military leaders of Khartoum's transitional government. Thousands of protesters took to the streets after reports emerged that the country's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was detained, with some reports suggesting the leader was put under house arrest, in addition to reports of detention of other senior government officials. "The US is deeply alarmed at reports of a military take-over of the transitional government.

On 24 October 2021, Sudan 's military launched a successful coup against the government. At least five senior Sudanese government figures were detained. Widespread Internet outages were also reported . An unsuccessful coup had previously been attempted in September 2021.

The US Special Envoy said they are deeply alarmed by reports of a military takeover. The Sudanese Professionals Association called for a general strike and civil disobedience in the face of a “ military coup ,” according to a statement. Sudan has been on edge since a failed coup plot last month unleashed bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups meant to be sharing power following the 2019 ouster of former leader Omar al-Bashir. Bashir was toppled and jailed after months of street protests. A political transition agreed after his ouster was meant to lead to elections by the end

Feltman said in the tweet posted by the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs that a coup would "contravene the Constitutional Declaration and the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people."

He called the development "utterly unacceptable" and said any "changes to the transitional government by force puts at risk U.S. assistance."

Under Hamdok and the transitional council, Sudan has slowly emerged from years of international pariah status under al-Bashir. The country was removed from the United States' state supporter of terror list in 2020, opening the door for badly needed international loans and investment. 

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The U.S. provided about $337 million to support Sudan's transitional government after the removal of Al Bashir, the National. The website reported that Feltman’s trip to the country on Saturday is his second in less than a month, which highlights "the level of engagement an concern" there is about a military takeover in Khartoum.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Sudan protests: Massive crowds demonstrate against military takeover .
Hundreds of thousands of people are demonstrating across Sudan in protest of Monday's military's takeover, marking the largest protest against the coup yet. © Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The demonstrations saw crowds of protesters chanting anti-military slogans and waving flags and anti-coup banners. The streets of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, were packed with protesters on Saturday morning, with demonstrators chanting anti-military slogans and waving anti-coup banners. "No for military rule, yes for civilian rule," protesters shouted in videos posted to social media.

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