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Date: Friday, 14 June 2019

Thursday, 13 June, 2019 - 09:00
Sudanese citizens at a travel terminal in Khartoum after the suspension of civil disobedience (AFP)
Khartoum- Mohammed Amin Yassine and Mustafa Serri
Sudanese security authorities have launched a large-scale arrest campaign, involving a number of officers in the Sudanese army.

The officers arrested belong mostly to the Islamic Movement and the former regime.

According to military sources, the arrest campaign has been ongoing for several days now as a precautionary measure in anticipation of any military action against the Transitional Military Council (TMC).

A new military coup attempt has been thwarted in Sudan, Al-Arabiya reported, citing its sources who explained that it was organized by officers and civilians from the country’s Islamic Movement.

It later denied the news, quoting an official source, while confirming the precautionary detention of at least 68 police officers.

The coup attempt targeted the Transitional Military Council, which was created after the resignation of the country’s long-term leader, Omar Bashir, it noted.

Sources pointed out that the arrests took place a few days ago, based on contacts among these groups.

On the other hand, life slowly began to return to normal in Khartoum and different other cities on Wednesday after the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) alliance suspended its open civil disobedience, which it launched to keep the pressure on the ruling TMC.

Notably, DFCF began on Sunday an open-ended strike that brought much activity in Khartoum to a standstill.

The alliance said in a statement it would suspend the strike from Wednesday until further notice, though it encouraged people to remain mobilized for possible further action.

The suspension of this disobedience came at the request of the African mediation to allow the resumption of negotiations between the country’s military and opposition groups on the formation of a transitional council.

But the Sudanese capital is still witnessing a heavy deployment of regular army forces and rapid support in the main streets and strategic facilities.

In a tour through parts of the capital, buses waiting for passengers at their stations were seen, while shops in some districts opened.

The main gold market in central Khartoum remained shut, and many residents still preferred to remain indoors given the heavy deployment of security forces across the capital.

“I’m still staying at my home because I’m worried about the presence of security forces carrying guns on the streets,” Samar Bashir, an employee in a private company, told AFP.

Several other residents also told AFP that they were remaining indoors as internet services were still not fully restored across the capital, which made working from offices difficult.

Several private companies had also extended the Eid al-Fitr holidays up to the end of this week.




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