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Sudan: Death toll from security crackdown hits 100

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

At least 100 people are now known to have died from this week’s security crackdown in Sudan.

Earlier 35 people were believed to have been killed in the violence but a doctors group from the opposition coalition on Wednesday said the number is now 100.

The violence started on Monday after security forces attempted breaking up protesters camped outside the Defence Ministry in central Khartoum.

The security forces reportedly shot into the protesters resulting in deaths and injuries.

On Tuesday there were also reports of powerful paramilitary forces now roaming the streets of Sudan’s major cities attacking civilians.

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The Rapid Support Forces is the paramilitary unit that was formerly referred to as the Janjaweed militia.

It was responsible for many violence during the Darfur conflict in western Sudan in 2003.

Forty bodies were pulled from the River Nile in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, according to the opposition.

The Transitional Military Council (TMC) which is currently governing the country after the overthrow of former leader, Omar al-Bashir has denied deliberately targeting civilians in the operation.

It said it was clamping down on some criminals who in avoiding arrests joined the protesters.

On Tuesday the military council called a snap election within nine months to resolve the country’s political crisis.

But the opposition coalition has rejected the call demanding a civilian regime immediately.

There was an earlier three-year transition period towards a civilian rule deal. But the opposition and the military failed to agree on the details.

Bashir was overthrown, triggered by the same protests that the current military rulers are trying to disrupt.




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