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Dozens of Sudanese protesters burn Israeli flag in rally against normalization

Sudanese demonstrators burn Israeli flags during a rally against their country's recent signing of a deal on normalizing relations with Israel, outside the cabinet offices in the capital, Khartoum, on January 17, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Dozens of Sudanese protesters have staged a rally to express their outrage and reject a recent signing of an agreement by the North African country to normalize ties with Israel.

Demonstrators took to the streets in the capital, Khartoum, on Wednesday evening, chanting slogans against Israel and in condemnation of normalization, 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.

Furthermore, Palestinians have strongly condemned Sudan’s agreement to normalize relations with the Israeli regime.

The Islamic resistance movement Hamas said in a statement that the move has shocked Palestinians, Arab and Muslim nations, as well as freedom-loving people of the world.

“Sudan, indeed, loses its position as a leading Arab and Muslim country by agreeing to sign such a deal," the statement said.

“We call on the Sudanese people to express their rejection of this dishonorable agreement that won’t bring about stability and prosperity, but rather chaos, deterioration, and disgrace,” it added.

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