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Asharq Al-Awsat

One Killed, Dozens Wounded in Sudan Protests

Sudanese demonstrators take to the streets of the capital Khartoum on May 19, 2022, calling for civilian rule and denouncing the military administration. (AFP)

Sudanese security forces killed one protester on Saturday during renewed demonstrations against a military takeover that derailed a transition to civilian rule last year, medics said.

The victim, who was not identified, died from "a bullet to the chest" in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the pro-democracy Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD) said in a statement.

The CCSD said that the peaceful protesters faced excessive violence by security forces.

The latest death brings to 96 the toll from a crackdown on anti-coup protests which have taken place regularly since October, the committee said.

The doctors explained that the forces fired large quantities of tear gas canisters directly at the protesters.

The security forces also besieged the protesters to prevent them from reaching the hospital, the CCSD underscored.

In parallel, huge numbers of protesters poured onto the streets in Burri suburb, east of Khartoum and they were faced by tear gas, rubber bullets and attempts to run over them with armored vehicles.

Eyewitnesses told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the security forces were firing tear gas directly at the protesters, leading to smoke inhalation cases.

On Oct. 25, Sudan's ruling council head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan announced a state of emergency across the country and the dissolution of the transitional sovereign council and the government.