Sudan coup: Live updates

Sudan coup: Live updates
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25 October, 2021

The New Arab is following events in Sudan, where armed forces have detained Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok and other ministers following a military coup. At least three people have been killed and 80 injured as protesters clashed with security forces, amid widespread condemnation of the coup worldwide.

5:52 PM

That's all from us regarding today's dramatic events in Sudan. For more details as and when they come in, continue to follow us on Twitter.

5:33 PM

The Sudan Doctors' Committee has announced that a third protester has been killed in clashes with the military, amid reports that more roads in Khartoum are being closed off to facilitate the entry of security forces.


5:17 PM
The New Arab Staff

The Chairman of the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez, has said that the coup in Sudan will have "long-lasting consequences" for US-Sudan relations, although he added that it was not too late for the Sudanese military to change course.

“The United States must use every diplomatic tool at our disposal to send a clear message to the Sudanese military that they must return to the barracks, demonstrate restraint and respect the rights of those who have taken to the streets to peacefully protest," he said in a statement.


4:24 PM

The Sudan Doctors' Committee has said that two people have been killed and 80 injured as protesters clashed with security forces across the country following the military coup

3:50 PM
The New Arab Staff

Britain has added its voice to widespread international condemnation of the coup in Sudan. "Today’s military coup in Sudan is an unacceptable betrayal of the Sudanese people and their democratic transition. Security forces must release PM Hamdok and other civilian leaders, and those who do not respect right to protest without fear of violence will be held to account," Britain's Africa minister Vicky Ford said on Twitter.

3:45 PM
The New Arab Staff

The Internet monitor NetBlocks has said that Internet connectivity in Sudan has "flatlined" after the Sudanese military cut Internet services, with traffic only 24% of what it was before the coup. This is the most severe disruption to the Internet in Sudan since June 2019, when over a hundred protesters were massacred outside a military headquarters in Khartoum.

12:50 PM
The New Arab Staff

The United States has condemned the military coup in Sudan, calling on "all actors who are disrupting Sudan's transition to stand down, and allow the civilian-led transitional government to continue its important work to achieve the goals of the revolution."

French President Emmanuel Macron has also condemned the coup "in the strongest terms" and called for the release of Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok and other members of the government detained by the Sudanese Military.

Germany has called for an "immediate end" to the coup while the EU has called for Hamdok's "fast release"

12:20 PM
The New Arab Staff

The Sudanese Professionals' Association, a civil society group which played a leading role in Sudan's 2019 revolution, has called for civil disobedience, a general strike, and mass protests this evening to "break the coup". It added that General Abdel Fattah Burhan, the head of the now dissolved Sovereignty Council who has led the military's actions, had "written his end with his own hand" and must now face "the anger of the people" who had "liberated themselves from fear in 2019".

The Sudanese Pilots' Union has also announced a general strike in protest.

11:41 AM
The New Arab Staff

The Sudan Doctors' Committee reports on its Facebook page that 12 people were injured when security forces fired on protesters outside the army's General Command building in Khartoum


10:58 AM

Sudan's ruling general, Abdel Fattah Burhan, has dissolved the mixed military-civilian Sovereignty Council, which he chairs, and announced the formation of a "competent" government.

The Sovereignty Council has acted as Sudan's collective head of state since 2019. Burhan has also declared a state of emergency and dissolved the Committee for Dismantling the 30 June System, an influential anti-corruption body.


10:52 AM
The New Arab Staff

The African Union has called for immediate talks between Sudan's civilian and military leadership, and the release of all the officials detained by the military following today's coup

10:37 AM
The New Arab Staff

Sudan's Doctor's Syndicate has called on medical professionals to head to the military's General Command building in Khartoum to treat protesters fired on by security forces there.


10:28 AM
The New Arab Staff

The office of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok has urged citizens to take to the streets to protest the military's actions, saying that they were a "complete coup" against the 2019 revolution which ousted autocratic President Omar Bashir and the Constitutional Declaration which created Sudan's interim military-civilian power-sharing system.

10:21 AM
The New Arab Staff

The United Nations said on Monday that Sudanese security forces' detention of civilian leaders including Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was "unacceptable". 

"I am deeply concerned about reports of an ongoing coup and attempts to undermine Sudan's political transition. The reported detentions of the Prime Minister, government officials, and politicians are unacceptable," Volker Perthes, the UN special representative to Sudan, said.


10:16 AM
The New Arab Staff

Sudan state television said the chairman of the country's ruling body, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, would speak shortly, after the information ministry said a "coup" was underway on Monday.

Soldiers had earlier stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. -source:AFP

9:35 AM
The New Arab Staff

Protestors have taken to the streets to denounce the detention of Sudanese civilian leaders, with the Ultra Sudan news service reporting that several people have been injured in clashes outside the army's General Command building in Khartoum. 



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