Sudan has suspended all inbound and outbound flights until October 30, the country’s civil aviation authority said Tuesday, following unrest due to a military coup.
“All incoming and outgoing flights from Khartoum Airport have been suspended until October 30 due to the situation in the country,” said Civil Aviation Authority Director General Ibrahim Adlan.
Following a military coup on Monday, armed forces detained the civilian leaders who have been heading the transition to full civilian rule following the April 2019 overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
Detained leaders include Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres demanding his release on Tuesday.
The coup raised fears for the fate of Hamdok, but Sudan’s top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said the premier was “at my home… in good health” and would be able to return to his own home “when the crisis is over”.
“Yes, we arrested ministers and politicians, but not all” of, Burhan said at a news conference.
His comments suggested Hamdok was not among those arrested and detained but, shortly after, the Information Ministry, which remains loyal to the prime minister, relayed a statement from his office demanding his immediate release.