UN alarmed by the killing of protesters in Sudan and accusations of security of storming two hospitals to arrest the wounded

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Volker Peretz, head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), expressed his deep alarm at reports that 4 protesters were killed in protests that took place on Thursday in Sudan, while doctors accused the security forces of storming two hospitals, firing tear gas inside and arresting the injured, while the authorities criticized Demonstrations and considered a drain on the energies of the country.

In a tweet on his personal account on Twitter, the UN envoy stressed the need for a credible investigation into these violations, and the right to freedom of expression.

The Sudanese Doctors Committee announced that 4 people were killed in Thursday’s demonstrations in the city of Omdurman (west of Khartoum).

A number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas suffocation during the security authorities’ dispersal of demonstrations heading to the presidential palace in Khartoum.

Yesterday, Thursday, Khartoum and a number of cities in the country witnessed demonstrations called by the “professional assembly” and “resistance committees” to denounce the political agreement signed between the President of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, and to demand the return of democratic civilian rule.

Breaking into hospitals

And at dawn today, Friday, the Doctors Committee reported – in a statement – that the Sudanese security forces stormed the “East Nile” and “Khartoum Teaching” hospitals by force of arms, to inquire about the injured and arrest them against the background of their participation in Thursday’s protests.

She added that the security forces fired tear gas inside the emergency department, which led to cases of suffocation among patients and medical staff.

The committee published on its official Facebook page a video of what it said was the release of gas inside the emergency department.

The authorities had anticipated the demonstrations by closing most of the bridges and the main streets leading to the General Command of the Army and the Presidential Palace, as well as cutting off the Internet and the telephone network.

The Alliance of Forces for Freedom and Change and the Sudanese Professionals Association accused the authorities of arresting a number of activists on the eve of the demonstrations.

The position of the authorities

On the other hand, Al-Taher Abu Haja, advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces, said that the continuation of the demonstrations in their current way is a material, psychological and mental drain on the country and a waste of energies and time and is useless.

Abu Haja added – in a press statement – that these demonstrations will not lead the country to a political solution, and that national consensus and circumvention around the country’s supreme issues and dialogue is the only way to stabilize Sudan.

He said that there are hidden hands trying to drag the country towards chaos, and they do not want elections and democracy, but rather an indefinite transitional period.

He pointed out that these parties are monitored and known, and they will not be allowed to drag the country into the abyss and to implement the plans for destruction that were carried out in other countries with the aim of dividing and fragmenting Sudan, as he put it.

Intelligence warning

In turn, the Sudanese intelligence service warned that the current political situation in Sudan portends a looming disaster.

The agency said that getting out of the dangerous impasse the country is facing requires a comprehensive national initiative that does not exclude anyone and that achieves the national consensus of all the people of Sudan with its various parties, entities and tribes.

He added that granting the regular agencies – including the intelligence services – wide powers will enable them to work forcefully to control the foreign presence in all its forms.

The Sudanese intelligence service stressed that there is no tolerance in imposing the prestige of the state and implementing the law.

American discontent

For his part, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed his dissatisfaction with reports that the Sudanese security forces used lethal force against protesters, blocked the Internet, and tried to shut down the media.

Blinken said in a tweet on Twitter that the United States stands with the Sudanese people in their demand for freedom, peace and justice.

Since last October 25, Sudan has witnessed protests in rejection of the measures taken by Al-Burhan, including: declaring a state of emergency, dissolving the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers, dismissing Hamdok, and arresting party leaders and officials, which political and civil forces considered a military coup in exchange for denial by the army.

On November 21, Al-Burhan and Hamdok signed a political agreement that included the latter’s return to his position, the formation of a government of competencies (without party affiliations), the release of political detainees, and the two parties pledged to work together to complete the democratic path.

However, Sudanese political and civil forces consider this agreement an “attempt to legitimize the coup”, pledging to continue protests until full civilian rule is achieved during the transitional period.

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