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Protests rage on across Sudan as doctor and child are killed in violence

January 17, 2019 at 9:36 pm

Sudanese protesters attend an anti-government demonstration in the capital Khartoum on 6 January 2018 [/AFP/Getty Images]

A doctor and a child were killed on Thursday as protests continued to rock the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and cities across the troubled country, reports Reuters.

Police had earlier fired tear gas at protesters marching towards the presidential palace, witnesses said, during a demonstration in the capital to demand the resignation of President Omar Al-Bashir.

Demonstrators chanting “Freedom, peace, justice” gathered in central Khartoum and began their march but riot police quickly confronted them with tear gas, the witnesses told AFP.

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Anti-government protests that erupted across Sudan on December 19, after the government raised the price of bread, have turned into daily nationwide demonstrations against Bashir’s three decades of rule.

Officials say at least 24 people have died in the protests, but human rights group have put the death toll higher.

Amnesty International said last week that more than 40 people had been killed and more than 1,000 arrested.

Human Rights Watch said the dead did include children and medical staff.

Protests in Sudan – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]