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10 killed in Sudan's anti-coup protests

Sudanese people stage a demonstration demanding the end of the military intervention and the transfer of administration to civilians in Khartoum, Sudan on October 30, 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]
Sudanese people stage a demonstration demanding the end of the military intervention and the transfer of administration to civilians in Khartoum, Sudan on October 30, 2021 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]

At least ten protesters were killed by the Sudanese army and others were wounded as thousands rallied yesterday against last month's military coup.

According to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD), 14 protesters were killed. "There are more than 80 wounded, a large number of them seriously, and they are between life and death," the CCSD said on Facebook, adding that some hospitals in the capital city of Khartoum were also "attacked".

The committee noted that the coup forces were "heavily firing live ammunition against peaceful protestors." "Protests were fiercely repressed," it added.

Telephone lines were also reportedly cut and internet services were disrupted across the country.

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"As a result of this violence, there is a severe shortage of medical personnel, and a severe shortage of blood, intravenous fluids, anaesthetic and other emergency medicine and trauma kits," the CCSD warned, calling on the international community and the International Red Cross "to intervene and extend a helping hand and assistance in rescuing the wounded and providing the required equipment and medicines."

"We also call on the international community to intervene to stop this violence and the attack on innocent people," the committee said.

On 25 October, Sudan's Chief of Staff, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, declared a state of emergency, ousted the government led by Abdalla Hamdik, and detained the civilian leadership. The move was internationally condemned, with some calling it a "coup".

Burhan has denied the accusation, and described the measure as a "push to rectify the course of the transition."

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