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KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Peaceful protesters [left] expand their sit-in area in front of the army's general headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan. Continued weekend protests [right] outside the army's headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan. XINHUA PHOTOS - MOHAMED KHIDIR

African Union condemns reported violence in Sudan:
Calls for continuing protection of Khartoum civilians

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Monday strongly condemned the violence in Sudan that escalated on Monday.

"The Chairperson strongly condemns the violence that erupted today, which led to reported deaths and several civilian injuries," the AU said in a statement issued on Monday.
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  Chairperson of the 55-member pan African bloc also "called for an immediate and transparent investigation in order to hold those all responsible accountable," the statement read.

Faki further called on the Transitional Military Council (TMC) of Sudan "to protect the civilians from further harm."

The AU Chairperson made the urgent call hours after an allegation by Sudanese opposition groups and unofficial institutions that military force attacked the sit-in area amid intensive gun fire.

Spokesman of Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), Shams-Eddin Kabashi on Monday denied news on dispersing the sit-in in central Khartoum.

Protesters are demanding that the country’s TMC hand over power to civilians.

The TMC is tasked with running the country’s affairs following the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir.

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Shams-Eddin Kabashi, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) spokesman, seen while confirming a new midweek agreement with major opposition forces on the general structure of rule during the transitional period. XINHUA PHOTO - MOHAMED KHIDIR
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EARLIER REPORT:

Collective Sudan security departments agree on plan to end clashes

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s security departments vowed on Friday to put an end to the violence in the country after civilians were killed in recent clashes here.

The security departments include the Sudanese Armed Forces, police forces, the National Intelligence and Security Service and the rapid support forces.

"The components of the security system will work according to the law in a manner that ensures the safety of citizens and end manifestations of security disturbances," said a statement released by Sudan’s military department.

The security departments urged citizens to be alert and cooperate with the government, and report any incident which may turn into violence.

These departments also vowed to work to bring freedom, peace and justice to the east African country.

They further accused what it termed as "uncontrolled elements" of committing illegal acts, terrorizing citizens, threatening their lives and properties, and harassing the regular forces, which lead to loss of innocent lives.

During the past two days, the capital Khartoum witnessed security incidents near the army’s general headquarters, where thousands of Sudanese protesters have been staging a sit-in since April 6.

The Transitional Military Council, chaired by Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, is tasked with running the country’s affairs following the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir.
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EgyptAir cancels two flights to Sudan’s capital over unrest

CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) -- Egypt’s national airline EgyptAir cancelled two flights to Sudan’s capital Khartoum that were scheduled for late Monday and early Tuesday, the Egyptian airline said in a statement.

EgyptAir’s decision came just hours after military forces in Sudan allegedly attacked a sit-in of protesters who demand the Transitional Military Council (TMC) hand over power to civilians.

The TMC denied the crackdown on the Khartoum sit-in, saying it was a military operation targeting outlaws who escaped into the sit-in outside the army’s headquarters.

The Sudanese Pilots Association recently said it would take part in the civil disobedience called for by leading protesters.

Sudanese major opposition groups said the TMC should be responsible for the attack against thousands of protesters at the sit-in, adding it left dozens dead and hundreds wounded.

The TMC, chaired by Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, is tasked with running Sudan’s affairs following the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir in April.
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United Nations chief alarmed by security forces
opening fire inside medical facilities in Sudan

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the violence and reports of the excessive use of force by security personnel on civilians in Sudan.

Noting the violence has "resulted in the deaths and injury of many," Guterres condemned the use of force to disperse protestors at the sit-in site and he was alarmed by reports that security forces have opened fire inside medical facilities, said his spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a briefing.

In recent days, Khartoum, the capital and largest city of Sudan, has witnessed security incidents near army headquarters, where thousands of Sudanese protesters have been staging a sit-in since April 6.

Protesters are demanding that the country’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) hand over power to civilians.

Meanwhile, spokesman for Sudan’s TMC, Shams-Eddin Kabashi, on Monday denied news on dispersing the sit-in in central Khartoum, amid reports that 10 civilians were killed.

The Secretary-General reminded the TMC of its responsibility for the safety and security of the citizens of Sudan, said Dujarric, adding that the UN chief urged all parties to act with utmost restraint.

"This includes responsibility for upholding the human rights of all citizens, including the right to freedom of assembly and of expression," he added.

"The Secretary-General urges the Sudanese authorities to facilitate an independent investigation into the deaths and to hold those responsible accountable," said Dujarric.

The TMC, chaired by Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, is tasked with running the country’s affairs following the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir.

The Secretary-General urged the parties to pursue peaceful dialogue and to stay the course in the negotiations over the transfer of power to a civilian-led transitional authority, as required by the African Union, Dujarric added.
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United Nations chief calls for utmost restraint in Sudan

UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for "utmost restraint" in Sudan and stressed the importance of upholding the human rights of all citizens, a spokesman said.

Noting the communique adopted by the African Union Peace and Security Council during its meeting on May 27, the secretary-general "welcomes the progress achieved by the parties regarding matters relating to the Transitional Institutions," Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for Guterres, said, citing a statement issued by the UN chief’s office.

"The secretary-general calls on the parties to resume and conclude the negotiations over the transfer of power to a civilian-led transitional authority as soon as possible, as required by the African Union.

The United Nations is committed to working with the African Union in support of this process and stands ready to support the Sudanese stakeholders in their efforts to build lasting peace," Haq added.

Sudan’s military rulers have reportedly said a protest camp in the capital has become "a threat to the country’s national security."

In a televised statement, a spokesman for the transitional military council reportedly said on Thursday that "legal action would be taken" against what it called "unruly elements" at the encampment outside the defense ministry, where protesters have been staging a sit-in for weeks.
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Sudan summons ambassador to Qatar for consultation

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday announced that the Sudanese ambassador to Qatar had been summoned for consultation.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to note that Sudan’s Ambassador to Qatar Fath Al-Rahman Ali Mohamed has been summoned for consultation," said a ministry statement.

Ali Mohamed "will leave for Doha within the coming hours," the statement added.

Earlier news reports said Sudan’s Foreign Ministry summoned its ambassador to Qatar at the request of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) hours after the closure of the office of Al Jazeera satellite news channel in Khartoum.

Thousands of Sudanese protesters have been staging a sit-in in front of the army’s general headquarters since April 6 to put pressure on the TMC to hand the power to civilians, particularly after talks between the TMC and the major opposition Freedom and Change Alliance reached a deadlock.

TMC, chaired by Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, is tasked with running Sudan’s affairs following the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir.
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