One person killed in Sudan protests against military rule
One person was killed during a fresh round of demonstrations in Sudan’s capital Khartoum and other cities on Sunday to demand civilian rule in the North African country.
According to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors (CCSD), the victim, a 26-year-old man, died after he was hit in the neck by a tear gas canister.
Groups of protesters had marched from Bashdar bus station in Khartoum and made their way to the Republican Palace despite the barriers erected prompting security forces to fire tear gas to disperse them.
In a bid to contain the demonstrations, Khartoum State authorities closed most of the state’s bridges linking the three major cities of Khartoum, Omdurman, and Bahri, leaving only Al-Halfaya and Suba bridges open to traffic.
The security bodies also closed most of the roads around the army’s general command headquarters and those leading to the presidential palace.
62 people have been killed in the protests which broke out in late October following a military takeover, according to the doctors’ union.
Sudanese authorities have consistently refuted claims of using live ammunition in dealing with the protests. They have also said that dozens of security personnel have been injured in the protests.
On Saturday, the United Nations (UN) launched an intra-Sudanese political process to end the crisis.
Volker Perthes, the UN envoy for Sudan, said in a statement that the political process would seek a “sustainable path forward towards democracy and peace” in the country. It was not immediately clear when discussions might begin.
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