Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Khartoum No. 2

Location: Sudanese Armed Forces Headquarters in Khartoum; metropolitan Khartoum (Khartoum, Omdurman, and Khartoum North) and other cities and locations across Sudan.

Event:  Continued civil unrest.  There are on-going demonstrations at Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) Headquarters and throughout the city.

At 1:45 pm, General Awad Ibn Auf announced the takeover of the Government by a military council.  He announced three months of state of emergency, a curfew from 10 pm to 3 am, and closure of the airport and all land borders for a 24 hour period.  The Embassy confirmed that the airport has been closed since 2:30 on April 11, 2019.

All U.S. Government personnel are required to shelter in place beginning at 7 pm tonight until further notice.

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy is closed for routine business on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Demonstrations and military activity may continue day and night throughout Khartoum.  Based on recent protest activity, multiple, spontaneous protests throughout Khartoum could occur in addition to the planned demonstrations.  Demonstrations could escalate in intensity quickly.  Sudanese security forces have used large amounts of teargas, batons, and frequent arrests to break up demonstrations.  Bystanders have also been victimized by security forces’ actions.  Protests may occur without warning at any time.

Security forces have enhanced authority to detain and arrest anybody they deem to be undermining public order, including protestors or those suspected of supporting the protests.  Arbitrary detentions, including of foreigners, have been reported across the country.  The Sudanese government does not recognize dual citizenship and is likely to consider U.S.-Sudanese dual citizens as Sudanese citizens only.

 Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.