Sudanese Protest Disrupted by Explosions, Gunfire in Military Raid

The capital of Sudan is in uproar.

Reports of explosions and heavy machine gunfire accompanied smoke at the site of a protest sit-in camp at the capital city of Khartoum.

Early Monday morning, the Sudanese army blocked roads leading to the camp and clashed with protesters, resulting in many injuries and more than a dozen deaths.

It’s been confirmed that troops did use live ammunition against the civilians.

Protesters had been there for weeks. Civilians were protesting against military rule after a coup overthrew longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir back in April.

The military takeover happened after mass protests against his 30-year rule.

Protesters were demanding the military transition to civilian rule. But the attack has lead protest leaders to suspend negotiation talks with the military, calling instead for an open general strike and civil disobedience, as well as for the international community “not to recognize the coup.”

The U.S. Embassy in Sudan is joined by other countries like Germany and Eyypt, all condemning the attacks against protesters and civilians.

And the British ambassador in Sudan said via Twitter there is “No excuse for any such attack.”