Al Jazeera says the head of the office was arrested by Sudanese forces

Al Jazeera says the head of the office was arrested by Sudanese forces

Khartoum – The Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network said on Sunday that security forces had arrested the director of its office in Sudan.

The network said on Twitter that the Sudanese forces raided the house of Al-Muslimi Al-Kabbashi.

This development comes a day after security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protesters who denounced the army’s tightening grip on the country. Activists said at least five people were killed and several others wounded.

Al Jazeera did not elaborate on the details of Kabbashi’s arrest, and Sudanese officials could not be contacted for comment.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets across Sudan on Saturday to protest against last month’s military coup. The takeover sparked international criticism and mass protests in the streets of the capital, Khartoum, and elsewhere in the country.

The killings took place on Saturday in Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman, and among the dead were four who were shot, and another died of a tear gas bomb, according to the Sudan Doctors Committee. She added that several other demonstrators were wounded, including gunshot wounds.

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The rallies, called by the pro-democracy movement, came two days after coup leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan appointed himself head of the Sovereignty Council, Sudan’s interim governing body. Thursday’s move infuriated the pro-democracy coalition and frustrated the United States and other countries who urged the generals to reverse their coup.

The Sudanese army seized power on October 25, dissolving the transitional government and arresting dozens of officials and politicians. The power grab upended the planned fragile transition to democratic rule, more than two years after a popular uprising forced the ouster of Sultan Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government.

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