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Protests in Sudan demanding ‘civilian rule’ result in three deaths

The Central Committee of the Sudanese Doctors said in a statement that at least three protesters have been killed by live munitions in Omdurman amid rallies that took place in different areas across Sudan.

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According to medical professionals, amid rallies that took place in different areas across Sudan on Thursday, including its capital Khartoum, at least three protesters were killed in protests that demanded the restoration of civilian rule.

The Central Committee of the Sudanese Doctors said in a statement that at least three protesters have been killed by live munitions in Omdurman, the twin city of the capital Khartoum across the White Nile River, while dozens were injured or affected by tear gas.

The statement released expressed: “The security organs have used massive violence against the protesters especially in Omdurman where at least three killed and others injured, hospitals have been also attacked. We warned the security forces not to use the massive violence and stop it immediately.”

In the meantime, the Sudanese journalist network said in a statement on Thursday evening that offices of the media outlets, including the Al-Arabiya, Skynews, and Alsharg TV channels, have been raided by security forces.

Al-Arabiya further published a video showing some of its staff injured due to the attack on their office by the security forces.

According to international correspondents on the ground, the rallies took place in several areas in Khartoum, Kasala, and Port Sudan in the country’s east, as well as the northern city of Atbara. Protesters called for democratic civilian rule during the rallies and decried a recent political deal between the military and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

On Thursday, internet services were down in the capital and other areas prior to the demonstrations as providers cut mobile services, with only landline connections remaining available.

Comments on the issue by neither authorities nor internet providers have been given.

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