Two protesters were killed Saturday in riots that erupted in Sudan seven months after a coup that stripped the African country – one of the poorest in the world – of any international aid.
One protester was shot dead by security forces and another was killed by tear gas in Khartoum, according to the Sudanese Central Committee of Doctors, an independent group affiliated with the pro-democracy movement in the African country.
The two deaths bring to 98 the number of people who have fallen victim to the crackdown on protests against the October 25 military coup by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, according to the same source. Hundreds of protesters have been injured and many more have been arrested.
The United Nations and the African Union – which has suspended Sudan’s involvement – are calling for dialogue between “all” the country’s political forces to avoid the risk of perpetuating the crisis “at the level of the economy and security.” ».
Already, according to the UN, one in two Sudanese is projected to face the spectrum of hunger by the end of the year.