Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok says the government has reduced the number of Sudanese Armed Forces troops in Yemen from 15,000 to 5,000, saying the conflict "can no longer be solved militarily".
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other senior members of the civilian government are detained by the military in a coup d'état. The military also seizes state television and blocks internet access. Thousands of people gather in Khartoum to protest the coup.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Abdelaziz al-Hilu, the leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM–N), sign an agreement to transition the country into a secular state. The agreement comes three days after the signing of a peace deal between Sudan's transitional government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front, to which the SPLM–N opted out of.
The government announces legal action against activists and journalists who "insulted" the military. They had accused the military of various killings during last year's protests, which the army denies. [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-sudan-politics-sudans-army-launches-legal-action-against-insulting-activists-idUSKCN24J0N7?il=0 (Reuters)]Amid a reform of the country's Islamist laws, Sudan lifts the death penalty for homosexuality and ends flogging as punishment for homosexuals. [https:--africa.cgtn.com-2020-07-17-great-first-step-as-sudan-lifts-death-penalty-and-flogging-for-homosexuality- (CGTN)]Late-2019 Sudanese protests
Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki says the armed forces destroyed a ballistic missile targeting the Saudi border city of Najran. In a statement, the spokesman said the missile was launched from the Yemeni city of Saada and that some people were slightly injured when it was destroyed. The Houthis did not claim responsibility.
Sudanese Finance Minister Ibrahim el-Badawi says Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is to ask the World Bank for US$2 billion. Sudan has been unable to do business with either the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund because it is featured on the United States' State Sponsors of Terrorism list. The US Congress is unlikely to remove Sudan before next year, el-Badawi further announces, saying he has been told the process is complicated.
The Yemeni Ministry of Defense says 300 people were killed and wounded in United Arab Emirates air raids in southern Yemen over the two previous days. The UAE Foreign Ministry has said the "preemptive operation" targeted "terrorist militias".
Houthi forces regain several positions across southern Yemen after launching a fresh offensive against loyalist and coalition forces. In Lahij province, which borders Aden, Houthi forces are now positioned on a hill overlooking the strategic Al Anad Air Base, which houses Sudanese forces. The Houthis also retook the Damt District in the Dhale province after besieging it for hours, at least 16 people were killed in the clashes.