Three Sudanese protesters shot dead during anti-coup protests
The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors says about 74 protesters were killed and more than 2,000 were injured during the ongoing protests against the military coup.
Three protesters were killed Monday by live bullets, as thousands of Sudanese demonstrated in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and its neighborhoods against the military coup carried out by the Sudanese Army Chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.
According to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, the first protester was shot in the chest with a live bullet. The second took a bullet to the head.
The third was killed in the city of Wad Madani, south of Khartoum, with bullets to the head and the shoulder.
Protesters suffocating, bleeding
Many people were seen suffering from breathing difficulties while others were bleeding after being hit by tear gas canisters, an AFP correspondent said.
Protests in Sudan are underway since the army seized power on October 25 and broke up a partnership with civilian political parties that had been formed after the overthrow of Omar Al-Bashir in 2019.
The Committee highlighted that about 74 protesters were killed and more than 2,000 others were injured so far in the ongoing protests, most of whom were with live bullets and tear gas canisters.
"Our people are protesting peacefully and using all forms of nonviolent resistance towards a free, democratic, and just country, only to be confronted by the military with the worst crimes," the Committee said.
The Doctors' Committee pointed out that security forces used "excessive violence" to quell the protests in Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman.
Sudan's military leaders claimed that the right to peaceful protest is protected. The authorities have repeatedly denied using live ammunition against demonstrators and insisted that scores of security personnel have been wounded during the protests.
Large protests also erupted in the cities of Madani, El Fasher, Shendi, and Elobeid.
On Friday, the Sudanese authorities requested delaying the arrival of the UN expert on human rights in Sudan, Adama Dieng, who was appointed in November and was due to make his first official visit.
Sudan is one of the world's poorest countries and has seen vital foreign aid cut as part of the international community's condemnation of the coup, letting the Sudanese people suffer.