On October 25, the US Embassy in Sudan issued a Security Alert (see US Embassy Khartoum Issues Security Alert Following Coup in Sudan).We missed that post issued a Security Alert two days later announcing the voluntary evacuation of non-emergency personnel and family members Security Alert: Authorized Departure of Non-Emergency U.S. Government Employees and Family Members from U.S. Embassy Khartoum (27 October, 2021).
On November 6, Embassy Khartoum issued another Security Message noting sporadic protests, and advising U.S. citizens to shelter in place.
Sporadic and decentralized protests continued on November 5 and 6. Large protests are reportedly planned for November 7 and possibly November 8. While organizers of the protests signal their intent to continue to engage in non-violent civil disobedience, there have been violent confrontations in the past. American citizens are advised to shelter in place to the extent possible.
Movement in and around Khartoum has improved and all bridges are reported open. Military checkpoints remain in place and protesters continue to form their own roadblocks in and around Khartoum. Telephone networks are functional at the time of posting. Most internet networks remain non-functional.
Should you elect to stay in Sudan and shelter in place, please consider not just security issues, but also the long-term sustainability of your living situation. Factors to consider may be the availability of food in the markets, fuel in gas stations, bank closures, pharmacy closures, the reliability of water and electricity sources, communications barriers, land border accessibility, port closures, and dependably available air travel.
Previous Security Alerts advised U.S. citizens to “Please develop departure plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.”
On November 8, the State Department issued a Level 4-Do Not Travel Advisory for Sudan. The Advisory announced the October 27 authorization for the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members of emergency and non-emergency employees due to civil unrest and possible supply shortages.
Did post go on “authorized departure” on October 27 but State did not issue a new Travel Advisory announcing that development until November 8?
The following countries' Travel Advisories have been raised to or reissued at Level 4 – Do Not Travel:
See advisories: https://t.co/LKI11AYe7l pic.twitter.com/YHX3cIaHfI
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) November 9, 2021
Troika deeply concerned by arrests without charges in #Sudan. We met today Minister Yousif Adam Al Dhai after his detention & call for urgent release of all those still detained as an important way to build confidence. pic.twitter.com/5Ump2XJ6iY
— Brian Shukan (@USCDASudan) November 8, 2021
Hemeti is now one of the most powerful and feared men in Sudan
His forces have been out on the streets of Khartoum and other major cities since the coup was instigated on 25 October
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) November 8, 2021
Trying to suppress broad popular outrage at the military takeover, "Sudanese security forces have fired tear gas at dozens of teachers who were taking part in pro-democracy protests in the capital, Khartoum." Many teachers were reportedly detained. https://t.co/VGPizIW0I8 pic.twitter.com/1PPboyP5AR
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) November 7, 2021
— Vladimir Hernandez (@vlad_hernandez_) November 7, 2021