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Sudan government officials reportedly arrested, Prime Minister’s house surrounded by military

The Khartoum home of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok appears to be surrounded by the military, according to images from the scene. It is unclear if the military is there to protect Hamdok, or if he is under house arrest.

Various top government officials have also reportedly been arrested and taken to prison by men wearing military police uniforms, according to witnesses to the arrests posting on social media as well as Reuters and other media on the ground, citing unnamed government sources. Those arrested reportedly include government ministers and members of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan. Flights from Khartoum International Airport have also been suspended, a source in the Civil Aviation Authority told CNN.

Global flight-tracking service Flightradar24 shows no flights departing the airport, and one flight on approach. It is not clear if that incoming flight will be allowed to land. Internet monitoring site NetBlocks reported internet connectivity was “severely disrupted” in Sudan on Monday, “manifesting in a telecommunications blackout for many.”

“Real-time network data show national connectivity at 34% of ordinary levels; incident ongoing,” NetBlocks added. A source in Khartoum told CNN calls are not connecting for people in Sudan and the internet is down.

Witnesses said as of Monday morning local time, demonstrators were gathering in the streets of the capital to protest the arrests, lighting bonfires and setting up roadblocks. It comes after the Sudan Professionals’ Association, a Sudanese pro-democratic political group, called on people to take to the streets to resist “the military coup” [CNN].

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: AXIOS

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