Source: Dubai – Arabic.Net, agencies
On Tuesday, the Sudanese authorities closed the country’s airspace as a precautionary measure after a shooting in the headquarters of the intelligence agency, and a group of rebel soldiers were arrested from the Intelligence Operations Authority.
The information indicated that it is a case of protest by some employees of the agency’s operations, due to their dissatisfaction with the dues paid to them, after the decision to refer them to retirement within the framework of restructuring the intelligence service.
Negotiations with the rebel group
In a development, a security source assured Al-Arabiya that the Sudanese intelligence agency’s delegation started negotiations with the “rebel group”.
The source said security that “critical solutions will be presented in the negotiations,” expressing optimism, “a quick solution.”
In addition, a clash erupted between the Sudanese armed forces and operations forces in the Kfoury area, east of Khartoum.
Reports of the rebels, affiliated with the Operations Authority, confirmed that the forces confronting them were fired upon.
Sudanese Minister of Information: Limited protest
The Sudanese Minister of Information, in a statement broadcast on official television, confirmed that what happened was a “limited protest movement”, noting that “the armed and regular forces deal with the situation and work to secure the streets.”
He explained that “there were no casualties between citizens or the regular forces as a result of the protest,” adding that “the responsible authorities continue their efforts to persuade the” rebel “units to surrender themselves and their weapons to the regular forces.”
He added that “the armed forces and regular forces reassure the people that they are able to resolve the” rebellion “and secure citizens and facilities.”
The Minister of Information appealed to citizens to “move away from the sites and leave it to the regular forces to secure the situation.”
Khartoum airport closed
The spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority stated that the air navigation was closed at Khartoum Airport for a period of 5 hours, starting from 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sudan time, until the close of the eighth close. The closure includes the landing and takeoff of aircraft, according to the Sudan News Agency on Twitter.
The spokesman revealed that the decision to close came after coordination between the Civil Aviation Authority and the Holding Company for Sudan Airports and Khartoum Airport, noting that international aviation authorities were notified to ensure the safety of air navigation.
Sudan Medical Commission: Civilian shot
The Central Committee of Doctors of Sudan announced on “Twitter” that a civilian was shot and wounded by the forces of the “dissolved security agency operations”.
The committee said that “the crises impeding the transition process require that we awake well in order to block the way for any attempt to return to military rule.”
The committee demanded that the security agency’s institution should be dismantled and turned into a body to collect and analyze information only, as stipulated in the constitutional document.
This, according to a statement from the Sudanese Intelligence, that within the framework of the structure of the agency and the resulting merging and demobilization, according to the options presented to employees of the Operations Authority, a group of them objected to the value of the financial reward and after-service benefits.
The statement said that he will work to assess and address the events according to the requirements of the country’s national security, and this statement was to deny what was reported of the existence of a rebellion in the ranks of the forces affiliated with the Operations Authority in Intelligence in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
Professional gathering rejects chaos
The Sudanese Professionals Caucus, the main umbrella behind the protest movement that toppled ousted President Omar al-Bashir, urged people to stay in their homes until the unrest is settled.
He said he rejected “any attempt to create chaos, intimidate citizens and spread weapons” and demanded the state to intervene immediately.
The gathering also reported a sudden blackout in government media.
He called on all Sudanese and foreigners to stay away from all military areas “in anticipation of armed clashes that may occur due to severe tensions.”