Heavy gunfire has been heard in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, as security forces moved in to clear a protest camp thas has been the central point of protesters’ demands for a civilian-led administration
The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, a medical group linked to protesters, said at least one person was killed and several were wounded in the Monday morning raid, which was still in progress.
In a post on Twitter, the Sudanese Professional Association said the country’s ruling transitional military council had assigned a large number of troops to disperse the protest camp.
The sound of heavy gunfire was heard in footage broadcast from the scene.
“We are being attacked by the Rapid Support Forces and the police,” Mamadou Abozeid, a protester in Khartoum, told Al Jazeera.
The sit-in has become the focal point of Sudan’s protest movement, which saw longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir overthrown last month and has since been calling for the generals who replaced him to hand over power to a civilian-led administration.
The operation came days after Sudan’s military rulers had called the sit-in outside the defence ministry “a danger” to the country’s national security.
The military has also ordered the office of the Al Jazeera Media Network in Khartoum be shut down.
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SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES