Sudan.. High death toll from protests and UN consultations continue with the parties to the crisis

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The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors announced, on Friday, that the death toll from the protests since last October 25 has risen to 73, while the United Nations mission announced that it would continue its consultations with the Sudanese parties within days.

In a statement on Friday, the Doctors Committee reported the death of the 25-year-old demonstrator, Muhammad Faisal Khalaf Allah, after suffering in intensive care.

The statement accused the security forces of firing live bullets at the protester Khalaf Allah, which led to him being wounded in the neck, during his participation in the demonstrations last Monday in the city of Wad Madani in Al-Jazirah state in the center of the country.

Earlier on Friday, hundreds of Sudanese demonstrated in the capital, Khartoum, to demand the return of full civilian rule in the country.

UN consultations

Meanwhile, the United Nations Transition Support Mission in Sudan “UNITAMS” announced that it will continue its consultations with the Sudanese parties within days, explaining that the meetings will include several parties, including the army, security forces, armed parties and movements, and families of those killed in the protests.

The mission will also meet with representatives of the gathering of professionals and armed movements that signed the Juba Peace Agreement in October 2020, and the army and security forces will be included in the consultations this week, according to the statement.

The mission noted that the participants in the consultations during the second week provided practical suggestions on how to move towards the transition and offered views on the scope and parameters of the consultation process, including ways to enhance international support.

Since last October 25, Sudan has witnessed protests in response to exceptional measures taken by the army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, most notably the imposition of a state of emergency and the dissolution of the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers, which political forces consider a “military coup” in exchange for the army’s denial.

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