Sudanese protesters burn Israeli flag in rally against establishing ties
Protesters in Sudan have staged a rally to express their outrage over the recent signing of an agreement to normalize ties between the North African country and Israel.
Dozens of demonstrators marched in the capital, Khartoum, on Wednesday, chanting slogans against Israel and normalization of ties, Lebanon-based and Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported.
Sudan agreed to normalize ties with Israel in October last year and an Israeli delegation visited Khartoum the following month.
On January 6, Sudan signed the so-called Abraham Accords, normalizing ties with Israel, becoming the third Arab country to do so after the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
A statement from the office of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said at the time that Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari signed the accord with visiting former US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The signing came just over two months after former US president Donald Trump announced that Sudan had agreed to normalize relations with Israel.
But protests against normalization have continued in the African nation.
Back in October, Sudan’s Popular Congress Party, the second most prominent component of the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) political coalition, said in a statement that Sudanese people were not obligated to accept the normalization deal.
Sudan’s former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi also slammed the announcement, adding that he would withdraw from a government-organized conference at the time in protest.