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Sudanese doctors: 41 dead, hospitals targeted since the coup

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Sudanese doctors: 41 dead, hospitals targeted since the coup

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A group of Sudanese medics said the country’s security forces had targeted hospitals and prevented injured protesters from seeking treatment since senior generals launched a coup last month

The military has blocked ambulances carrying injured protesters from reaching hospitals, police entered emergency rooms, arrested patients and fired tear gas at at least two hospitals in the nation’s capital since October 25 coup, according to a report by the Sudanese United Medical Bureau.

At least 41 protesters have been killed in protests against the coup in Sudan since the generals toppled the country’s civilian government, according to the latest tally on Sunday from the Sudan Medical Committee, which tracked deaths linked to the protests .

The latest victim was a 16-year-old protester who died from a gunshot to the head during protests against a new power-sharing deal between the military and the country’s ousted prime minister.

There was no immediate response from the country’s military or police, both of whom have been accused by the UN’s supreme human rights body of using excessive force against them. demonstrations in favor of democracy. The United States and Western countries have repeatedly called on the coup plotters to allow civilians to demonstrate peacefully.

But in recent days, police officials have tried to distance themselves from any role in the violence, saying their forces on the streets are unarmed and there have been cases of violence committed by protesters. They repeatedly pledged to investigate reports of the deaths.

On Sunday, ousted Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok signed an agreement that will see him reinstated, nearly a month after a military coup placed him under house arrest. The deal contemplates an independent technocratic cabinet headed by Hamdok until elections are held. Even then, he would still remain under military surveillance.

In response, thousands of Sudanese have taken to the streets to denounce what many have called a betrayal of the democratic cause by their former prime minister, who has been the civilian face of the transitional government since coming to power after a popular uprising in 2019 that ousted longtime autocrat Omar. al-Bashir. Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition in some locations, activists said.

The Sudanese Medical Office statement said police fired tear gas on Sunday inside Khartoum University Hospital, near the intensive care unit and neonatal ward.

Large numbers of protesters were killed by gunfire from security forces, according to the committee.

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