USA tries to broker Sudan peace deal after violent crackdown on protests

Khartoum streets deserted as defiant protesters continue general strike

The military ousted long-time President Omar al-Bashir in April following months of protests against him.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which have close ties with the military council, have said they are watching developments with concern and support a renewal of dialogue.

The streets of the Sudanese capital Khartoum are eerily quiet and deserted as a general strike called by defiant opposition protesters on Sunday to force the military to hand over power to a civilian authority entered its second day on Monday.

The country's last remaining internet connections were cut around 12pm local time (10am GMT) on Monday, said NetBlocks Group, an independent non-profit that works on digital rights and freedoms.

The New York-based group said the RSF violently broke up the protesters' main sit-in camp outside the military's headquarters in Khartoum on June 3.

A doctors' association has said security forces killed about 100 people and injured about 500 others during a crackdown on a mass sit-in in Khartoum on June 3.

"The new disruptions represent a near-total blackout of connectivity for the majority of citizens", the group said on Monday.

They called on Sudanese to resume their work on Wednesday.

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Several shops, fuel stations and some branches of private banks were open, however, while public buses were also ferrying passengers and more vehicles and people were seen than the previous day, the correspondent said.

Jalab and Ardual were arrested in Khartoum on Friday after meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who visited the Sudanese capital to mediate between the protesters and the TMC to bring the conflicting parties back to the negotiating table.

The Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters, said Tuesday they chose to suspend their general strike and campaign for civil disobedience until further notice.

The military on Monday announced the arrest of several members of Sudan's regular security forces linked to the violent assault on the protesters, AFP reported, citing a statement carried by state news agency SUNA. The military has said it a transitional military government will lead the country for 2 years. "I have not been released; I have been deported from my country", Yasir Arman, deputy chief of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), told an AFP reporter at a hotel in South Sudan's capital Juba.

On Tuesday, an Ethiopian mediator between the two sides, Mahmoud Dirir, said that talks on restoring a civilian administration would begin soon.

But pro-democracy campaigners say the military council can not be trusted after Monday's crackdown against a sit-in demonstration in Khartoum - and they have rejected an offer of talks.

African Union has suspended Sudan following the massacre.

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