Sudanese airspace open again after Khartoum ‘rebellion’ contained: Al-Burhan

he chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan said on Wednesday that Tuesday's security operation in the capital of Khartoum was a "rebellion" and that the situation had been detained. (AFP)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Sudanese airspace open again after Khartoum ‘rebellion’ contained: Al-Burhan

  • Al-Burhan announced that life had “returned to normal”
  • Said joint investigation committee had been formed to look into events in Khartoum

KHARTOUM: The chairman of the Sovereignty Council of Sudan Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan said on Wednesday that Tuesday's security operation in the capital of Khartoum was a "rebellion" and that the situation had been detained.

Sudan said it had reopened its airspace on Wednesday after an armed revolt from within its security forces shut down the capital’s airport for hours and left at least two people dead.

"All headquarters are under the army's control and the airspace is now open," Al-Burhan said.

In a press conference Al-Burhan announced that life had “returned to normal,” following the stand-off between the armed forces and rogue intelligence officers which saw heavy gunfire in the capital. The officers had fired shots in the air to demand better severance benefits and to show resistance to government policies.

Al-Burhan added that the armed forces would “not allow any coup to occur,” adding that it was a “shame that weapons were raised in the faces of the people.”

He said a joint investigation committee had been formed to look into the events in Khartoum, and that those responsible for protests and providing weapons would be investigated in order to prevent “disturbing the security of Sudan.” 

The army quickly crushed the short-lived mutiny with “minimal losses,” according to General Mohamed Othman Al-Hussein, its chief of staff said on Wednesday. The clashes killed two people and injured four others, including two officers, he added.

The military also took control of two small oilfields in Darfur that had been seized by the insurgents and production resumed on Wednesday, the petroleum minister said on state television.

(With Agencies)


Egypt arrests alleged serial sexual predator

Updated 04 July 2020

Egypt arrests alleged serial sexual predator

  • Allegations have been widely circulating on social media detailing horrific sexual abuse and related blackmail suffered by women at the hands of the same man
  • Trending hashtags carrying the alleged abuser’s name widely circulated on Twitter and Facebook, urging government action

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities on Saturday arrested a man who allegedly sexually abused dozens of girls and women, in a case that has sparked outrage online, a security source said.
Allegations have been widely circulating on social media since Wednesday detailing horrific sexual abuse and related blackmail suffered by women at the hands of the same man.
One allegation claimed that he attempted to abuse a 14-year-old girl.
“The person accused of harassing the girls has been arrested and will be facing the prosecution following the allegations carried on social media,” the security source said.
“Those affected should submit formal reports of the harm they endured,” the source added.
The source did not identify the suspect.
According to the social media reports, the first of which was published on an Instagram account, the abuse had been going on since at least 2018.
Trending hashtags carrying the alleged abuser’s name widely circulated on Twitter and Facebook, urging government action.
Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) lodged an official complaint with the public prosecutor to investigate the allegations on Saturday.
“The NCW has followed the social media account on Instagram, which was launched by girls and women complaining that a man raped some of them and sexually assaulted and harassed others,” it said on Facebook.
It also said that several victims, who reached out to the council, recounted that the man “blackmailed and threatened to defame them using photos and clips documenting his heinous crimes.”
The council urged the women to submit official complaints to the prosecutor.
Some online reports suggested the perpetrator was a university student.
The American University in Cairo acknowledged the suspect had studied there but said he left the university in 2018.
He “is not a current student at the American University in Cairo,” a statement said.
Sexual harassment is highly prevalent in Egypt.
United Nations surveys have found that most Egyptian women have been subject to harassment, ranging from catcalling to pinching and groping.
Egyptian authorities have criminalized sexual harassment since 2014, but many women complain that the problem remains rampant.