Military forces arrest senior civilian figures in Sudan

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Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok addresses the press after meeting with his Egyptian counterpart n Sudan's capital Khartoum, on August 15, 2020.
ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFPSudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok addresses the press after meeting with his Egyptian counterpart n Sudan's capital Khartoum, on August 15, 2020.

Arab media report that Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has been placed under house arrest

Military forces arrested several members of Sudan's civilian leadership before dawn on Monday, Al Hadath TV reported, as a prominent pro-democracy group called on Sudanese to take to the streets to resist any military coup.

Family sources told Reuters that military forces had stormed the house of Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's media adviser and arrested him.

The military ordered the closure of all bridges to the capital, Khartoum, according to media reports.

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There was no immediate comment from the military. Sudanese state TV broadcast as normal.

Witnesses said internet services appeared to be down in Khartoum. Other reports indicated that the internet was down across the country.

Citing unidentified sources, Al Hadath said Hamdok had been placed under house arrest, and that unidentified military forces arrested four cabinet ministers, one civilian member of the ruling Sovereign Council, and several state governors and heads of political parties.

Demonstrators were reportedly blocking roads in Khartoum in protest over the arrests.

On Sunday, Sudan's security forces fired tear gas to disperse pro-military protesters wanting to dissolve the country's transitional cabinet. 

The protesters were demanding that a new cabinet be formed that included those who took part in protests that started in December 2018 that led to the military's removal of former president Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 after nearly three decades of autocratic rule.

This is a developing story