The World Bank halted disbursements for operations in Sudan on Wednesday in response to the military’s seizure of power from a transitional government.

Hamdok says any retreat from the path to democracy threatens stability and development in Sudan and he warns against the use of violence against protesters, a source close to him said.

Late on Wednesday, Sudan state TV reported that Burhan had relieved six Sudanese ambassadors from their posts, apparently because they rejected the military takeover.

The six were envoys to the United States, the European Union, China, Qatar, France and the head of mission to Geneva.

Scattered protests took place in Khartoum on Wednesday and intensified at night across the capital, although no new bloodshed was reported.

Meanwhile state oil company workers, doctors and pilots joined civilian groups opposing the takeover.