Al Jazeera says Sudan bureau chief detained by security forces

People protest in Khartoum, Sudan, November 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)
People protest in Khartoum, Sudan, November 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

KHARTOUM, Sudan — The Qatar-based satellite news network Al-Jazeera says today its bureau chief in Sudan was detained by security forces, a day after mass protests across the country against last month’s military coup.

The network says on Twitter that Sudanese forces raided the home of El Musalmi El Kabbashi and detained him.

The development comes after security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas yesterday to disperse protesters denouncing the military’s tightening grip on the country.

The Sudan Doctors Committee says a 15-year-old protester died today of gunshot wounds to his stomach and thigh, raising the death toll to six people.

In a later statement, Al-Jazeera says El Kabbashi had been arrested at his home in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. The broadcaster says it held the Sudanese military responsible for his safety.

“Al-Jazeera condemns in the strongest terms the reprehensible actions of the military and calls on the authorities to release El Kabbashi immediately and to allow its journalists to operate unhindered, free to practice their profession without fear or intimidation,” the channel says.

Sudanese officials can’t be immediately reached for comment.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets across Sudan on Saturday to rally against the military coup last month. The takeover has drawn international criticism and massive protests in the streets of the capital of Khartoum and elsewhere in the country.

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