Members of Sudan’s transitional government and other civilian leaders have been detained in the wake of reports of a military coup.
Unidentified soldiers are said to have placed Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok under house arrest.
Prodemocracy demonstrators have taken to the streets of Khartoum.
Military and civilian leaders have clashed since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was deposed two years ago and a transitional government was established.
Protesters manning lit barricades and entering the area near the military’s headquarters were seen in video footage from the north African nation’s capital on Monday.
There have been some reports of gunfire, but they have yet to be confirmed.
So far, no military personnel have spoken out, and it is unclear who was responsible for the pre-dawn arrests.
According to a Facebook post from the information ministry, the detentions were carried out by “joint military forces,” and those arrested were being held in “an unidentified location.”According to the ministry, soldiers stormed the Omdurman headquarters of the state broadcaster and detained staff.
It also stated that Mr. Hamdok was being pressed to back a coup but refused and that he urged people to continue peaceful protests to “defend the revolution.”
Robert Fairweather, the UK’s special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, tweeted that military arrests of civilian leaders would be a “betrayal of the revolution, the transition, and the Sudanese people.”
The United States, the United Nations, the European Union, and the Arab League have all expressed grave concern.
According to witnesses, the internet is down and army and paramilitary troops have been deployed throughout the city.
The airport in Khartoum is now closed, and all international flights have been canceled.
Sudan’s main pro-democracy organization has urged its supporters to oppose any military coup.