Sudan arrests Al Jazeera bureau chief “Kabbashi” following protests

Sudan security forces raided the home of Al Jazeera’s Khartoum bureau chief, El Musalmi El Kabbashi, and arrested him on Sunday, a day after street protests across Sudan against the military takeover, reported Reuters.

Security forces tried to disperse the protests in the capital Khartoum and other cities using tear gas and gunfire.

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, which is aligned with the protest movement, said the death toll for demonstrators killed on Saturday had risen to six.

Pro-democracy groups led by neighborhood resistance committees are organizing a campaign of civil disobedience and protests against the October 25 coup, with another day of demonstrations planned for November 17.

Efforts to mobilize opposition to the coup have been complicated by a mobile internet blackout across the country.

On Sunday a judge issued a third order for providers to restore connections.

The coup ended a military-civilian power sharing arrangement set up after the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

Since the takeover, military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has moved to consolidate his position, replacing key state officials and naming a new ruling council, which held its first meeting on Sunday.

The council is expected to name a new prime minister after efforts involving the United Nations to mediate between the military and ousted Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok stalled.

Hamdok, who is under house arrest, had demanded the release of other top civilians arrested during the coup and a return to power sharing ahead of elections in 2023.

The Doha-based Al Jazeera said it held Sudan’s military authorities responsible for the safety of all its employees.

“Al Jazeera condemns in the strongest terms the reprehensible actions of the military and calls on the authorities to release El Kabbashi immediately and to allow its journalists to operate unhindered”, it said in a statement.