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15 Jan 2020 | 12:49 AM UTC

Sudan: Situation normalizes in Khartoum January 15 /update 3

Government officials claim that all buildings taken over by former security agents have been secured and airspace has reopened on January 15, following clashes on January 14

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Event

The head of Sudan’s sovereign council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, announced on Wednesday, January 15, that the standoff between former intelligence agents and the Sudanese forces has been resolved. Gunfire broke out between members of the General Intelligence Service and Sudanese security forces on Tuesday, January 14, after the intelligence agency was disbanded. According to the government, the former agents launched a mutiny over severance pay. Several buildings were reportedly occupied by the mutineers, including one near Khartoum International Airport (KRT). However, government forces were able to take back control following negotiations with the mutineers’ leaders. According to media reports, at least five people were wounded in the clashes.

Flight operations at KRT are expected to return to normal on Wednesday after officials temporarily suspended service on Tuesday night due to the violence. According to al-Burhan, Sudan's airspace has reopened. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions, such as road closures, are to be anticipated in Khartoum over the coming hours and days.  

Advice

Individuals in Khartoum are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, anticipate a heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions near sites of unrest, including road closures, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

Individuals traveling via KRT are advised to confirm flight reservations before departing for the airport and anticipate flight delays and cancelations.