Doctors said that since Sudan’s coup, 41 people have been killed and hospitals targeted
Cairo – Sudanese doctors said that security forces have targeted hospitals and prevented injured protesters from treatment since the army took control of the country last month, after raising the total number of anti-coup protesters killed to 41.
Security forces have stopped ambulances, entered emergency rooms to arrest patients, and fired tear gas inside at least two hospitals in Khartoum since the October 25 coup, according to a report from the Unified Office of Sudanese Doctors, a coalition of medical workers.
The Sudan Doctors Committee, another group that released the new death toll, said the latest victim was a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head while protesting a new power-sharing deal between the army and the country’s ouster. Prime Minister on Sunday. The group tracks protest-related deaths.
There was no immediate response from the country’s military or police, who have been accused by the United Nations’ highest human rights body of using excessive force against pro-democracy demonstrations. The United States and Western countries have repeatedly called on the coup leaders to allow civilians to protest peacefully.
But police officials have tried in recent days to distance themselves from any role in the deaths, saying their forces on the streets are not armed and that protesters have committed acts of violence. They have repeatedly pledged to investigate reports of deaths.
On Sunday, ousted Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok signed an agreement to restore him to his post, nearly a month after a military coup put him under house arrest. The agreement provides for an independent technocratic government led by Hamdok so that elections can take place. Until then, you will remain under military supervision.
In response, thousands of Sudanese took to the streets on Sunday to denounce what many described as the betrayal of the democratic cause by their former prime minister, who has been the civilian face of the transitional government since it came to power after the popular uprising that toppled the tyranny of 2019. Omar al-Bashir.
Then the security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition in some locations, according to activists. The country’s main pro-democracy political groups issued statements opposing the deal that reinstated Hamdok.
The statement of the Doctors’ Coalition said that the police fired tear gas inside the Khartoum Teaching Hospital, Sunday, near the intensive care and neonatal unit.
The committee said that a large number of demonstrators were killed by security forces’ bullets.
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