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Sudan's military rulers shut down Al-Jazeera Khartoum bureau

Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo the deputy head of the military council second right speaks at a press conference in Khartoum Sudan. Sudan's ruling military council is meeting with protesters on Sunday May19 2019

Sudan's military rulers on Thursday said that a protest encampment outside the Defence Ministry in central Khartoum has become a threat to stability after a military vehicle was attacked and seized, Reuters reports.

A statement from the council said that "several bilateral meetings are planned".

The military council has ruled the country since the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir on April 11, after months of protests against his authoritarian rule.

The coalition representing the protesters and opposition groups - known as Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change - claims the strike was a success. "The decision also includes the withdrawal of the work permits for the correspondents and personnel of the Al-Jazeera network starting from now", said the station, which regularly broadcasts footage of demonstrations in Sudan.

In a statement, QPC stressed that the closure of Al Jazeera office is a setback for the gains of the Sudanese revolution and a breach of global conventions that protect the right to disseminate and receive information.

They demand "limited military representation" on the council but the ruling generals refuse to relinquish power.

"We want people to also understand the reality of what is happening in Sudan, " Al Jazeera said in a statement on Friday.

Bearing Sudanese flags and banners calling for civilian government, they walked through central Khartoum before joining protesters who have staged a weeks-long sit-in outside the sprawling complex.

The council's head, Abdelfattah al-Burhan, travelled to Saudi Arabia on Thursday for a summit.

Late Thursday, the Qatari television channel said its bureau was abruptly shut down and its journalists banned from reporting in the country with immediate effect, without being given a reason.

His statement aroused fears that the military might call for early elections if negotiations remain stalled - a scenario that protesters vehemently oppose. Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Doha in 2017, accusing it of terrorism, which it denies.