Turkish Airlines cancels flights to Sudan

Turkish Airlines cancels flights to Sudan

KHARTOUM- Anadolu Agency
Turkish Airlines cancels flights to Sudan

Turkish Airlines (THY) canceled its flights to Sudan's capital Khartoum due to tensions in the country.         

The flight from Istanbul to Khartoum at 2025 hours (1725 GMT) on June 4 and another flight scheduled for 0030 hours (2130 GMT) on June 5 were canceled, THY said in a statement.         

THY had announced on June 4 that the flight from Khartoum to Istanbul at 0030 hours (2130 GMT) was canceled.         

Some airlines in Egypt and the UAE have also canceled their planned flights to this country due to the tensions.             

Late on June 3 night, at least 60 demonstrators were killed- and hundreds more injured- when security forces tried to disperse an ongoing sit-in outside army headquarters in Khartoum.         

Sudan has remained in relative turmoil since April 11, when the country's military establishment announced the “removal” of President Omar al-Bashir after months of popular protests against his 30-year rule.         

The Military Transitional Council (MTC) is now overseeing a two-year “transitional period” during which it has pledged to hold free presidential elections.         

Demonstrators, however, have remained on the streets to demand that the MTC relinquish power- at the earliest possible date- to a civilian authority.