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Sudanese protesters chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Khartoum on April 6, 2019. Image Credit: AFP

Khartoum: Update at 8.26pm, UAE time:

Sudanese riot police fired tear gas on Saturday at protesters demonstrating against President Omar al-Bashir's rule outside a compound in Khartoum housing the army headquarters and the veteran leader's residence, witnesses said.

Some protesters threw rocks at the police, witnesses said, as dozens of vehicles carrying riot police moved into the area to disperse the demonstrators.

3.52pm, UAE time

Thousands of people were marching towards Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's residence and the defence ministry in central Khartoum on Saturday, witnesses said, part of anti-government protests that began in December.

Chanting "One Army, One People," protesters rallied in the capital's streets, following a call by organisers to march on the army headquarters.

They said security forces were using tear gas to try to disperse the demonstrators, who had converged on the compound from three directions.