As a result of the coup in Sudan, The American Embassy in Khartoum on Monday recommended that American citizens shelter in place and cautioned about the potential for violence against protestors.
“Sudanese Armed Forces have announced they are in control of the government. Demonstrations have been reported in Khartoum and around the country,” a statement on the embassy’s website read. “There are unverified reports of violence against protesters. Flights are not leaving the country.”
The embassy’s statement added that “American citizens are advised to be aware of their surroundings and shelter in place, which includes not traveling to the U.S. Embassy or the international airports in Khartoum and Port Sudan.”
Sudan’s top general announced Monday the military had disbanded the intermediary civilian-military government, with the reported detention of senior government officials, including Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok.
The U.S. government condemned the coup and called for the immediate release of arrested officials.
“The actions today are in stark opposition to the will of the Sudanese people and their aspirations for peace, liberty, and justice,” White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One. “The United States continues to strongly support the Sudanese people’s demand for a democratic transition in Sudan and will continue to evaluate how best to help the Sudanese people achieve this goal.”
The success of the Islamists backed coup would be a huge setback for Sudan, which has been working to transition to democracy since dictator Omar al-Bashir was forced out in 2019 after 30 years in power.
The U.S. has given nearly $337 million in support of the country’s transitional government this year, however, continued American support to Sudan could be discontinued should its transition to civilian rule be disrupted, U.S. special envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman warned last week.
NetBlocks, an independent internet monitoring group, reported significant disruption to internet service in Sudan on Monday affecting cellular and some fixed-line connectivity.