Sudan to reopen Khartoum airport at 1400 GMT: civil aviation

Sudan to reopen Khartoum airport at 1400 GMT: civil aviation
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Khartoum airport will resume all flights at 14:00 on Wednesday.
Khartoum airport will reopen [Getty]

Sudan will reopen Khartoum airport to all inbound and outbound flights on Wednesday, the head of civil aviation said, following unrest due to a military coup.

"Khartoum airport will resume operations starting Wednesday 4:00 pm local time (1400 GMT)," said Civil Aviation Authority Director General Ibrahim Adlan. On Tuesday, Adlan said Sudan had suspended flights until October 30.

The coup comes just over two years into a delicate power-sharing arrangement between the military and civilians after the army's ousting during enormous street protests in April 2019 of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

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Top General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had earlier vouched for Hamdok's "good health", while a military source who requested anonymity said Hamdok had been escorted home, with "security measures" erected "around the perimeter".

Angry citizens stood their ground on barricaded streets where tyres burned, chanting "No to military rule", the day after four people were shot dead by security forces, according to a doctors' group.

In a late Tuesday incident, witnesses in the Bari district of Khartoum said security forces fired tear gas at protesters blocking a main road in opposition to the coup.