Clashes erupted between protesters and security forces near the presidential palace in Khartoum on Thursday, February 20, leaving at least 17 people wounded. Thousands gathered in the capital to demand the reinstatement of army officers forced into early retirement for their support of anti-government protests against former President Omar al-Bashir. Demonstrators reportedly burned tires and blocked roads, prompting security forces to reply with tear gas and baton charges.
Additional protests are possible in Khartoum over the coming days. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any demonstration.
Individuals in Khartoum are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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