Sudan: 13 killed as security forces turn on protesters
At least 13 people have been killed in Sudan’s capital after security forces attempted to disperse a long-running sit-in outside the military headquarters.
Protesters have been demanding the implementation of a civilian government since the military ousted former president Omar al-Bashir last month. Until now, the country’s ruling military council has stepped back from protests groups who have been campaigning for regime change since December last year.
At least 13 killed in Khartoum clampdown
According to a medical association in Sudan, at least 13 protesters were killed as security forces fired live ammunition while attempting to break up a sit-in on Monday. Reports of the incident resulted in widespread unrest across the capital with thousands of protesters reported to have blocked roads with stones and burning tires.
The incident comes after talks between the protest groups and the military council over a power-sharing deal broke down.
Monday’s operation is believed to have been conducted by forces belonging to the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) which is lead by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who is also known as Hemedti – the deputy head of the transitional military council.
The RSF has been accused of systematic human rights abuses and Hemedti has emerged as a key figure in Sudan’s struggling transition of power.
The military council and RSF are yet to make any statement about the incident.
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