Turkish Airlines cancels flights to Sudan

Turkish Airlines cancelled two flights from the Sudanese capital of Khartoum to Istanbul on Tuesday and Wednesday due to protests in Sudan, Duvar news site reported

Turkey’s flagship carrier followed Egypt and United Arab Emirates, which earlier cancelled some flights to and from Sudan due to tensions in the country. 

The unrest in Sudan started in December and led to a military coup that deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. 

The political crisis in Sudan escalated this week after security forces opened fire on pro-democracy protesters Khartoum, which left at least 35 people dead. 

The death toll rose to 60, Reuters reported on Wednesday citing a medical group linked to the opposition.

The head of Sudan’s ruling military council, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Wednesday offered to resume a dialogue on a transition to democracy, one day after he scrapped all agreements with an opposition alliance, Reuters said. 

The UN Security Council gathered on Tuesday in a closed meeting to discuss the situation in Sudan at the request of Britain and Germany. China, backed by Russia, blocked a bid at the council that condemned the killing of civilians in Sudan, Agence France-Presse said.