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Turkish Airlines cancels flights to Sudan

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 22: Turkish Airlines passenger plane lands at Ataturk Airport, which is planned to be closed for commercial flights after transference period to Istanbul Airport had been completed, in Istanbul, Turkey on March 22, 2019. Ataturk Airport, which is short of 24 km from the city center, was used for international charter flights for years after coming into service for military purposes in 1912 in Yesilkoy. Civil aviations started in Yesilkoy Airfield in 1933 between Istanbul-Ankara after the military hangar and masonry were assigned to civil aviation. The airport was decided to be an international airport with the purpose of development of Turkish civil aviation with Convention on International Civil Aviation, which was sign on 1944 in Chicago. Construction of the airport had started in 1949 and was completed in 1953 and started its international flights. ( İsa Terli - Anadolu Agency )

Turkish Airlines has cancelled its flight scheduled for June 6 to Sudan's capital Khartoum due to tensions brewing in the country, it said on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reports.

Turkey's flag carrier previously canceled its flight from Istanbul to Khartoum at 2025 hours (1725GMT) on June 4 and another flight scheduled for 0030 hours (2130GMT) on June 5.

Some airlines in Egypt and the UAE have also cancelled their planned flights to the country due to ongoing political crisis.

Sudan has remained in turmoil since April 11, when the military establishment announced the "removal" of President Omar al-Bashir after months of popular protests against his 30-year rule.

Government forces in Khartoum have engaged in a violent crackdown since Monday morning when they broke up a long-running sit-in by pro-democracy protesters outside military headquarters.

The death toll from a government crackdown on protesters in Sudan's capital climbed to 108 on Wednesday.

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