A Sudanese doctors’ group has accused security forces of shooting and killing a civilian, whilst clearing barricades in the city of Omdurman, west of the capital, Khartoum.
The Sudan Doctors Committee, an NGO, said in a statement released Wednesday evening that the citizen, whose identity is unknown, was killed by live bullets fired by securing authorities whilst they dismantled barricades in Omdurman.
On Tuesday, following the announcement that the number killed during demonstrations on Monday had risen to seven, the UN condemned the Sudanese authorities’ use of “lethal force” against protesters, who are demanding civilian rule in Sudan.
“We condemn the use of lethal force against demonstrators, whether in Sudan or any other country,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN secretary-general.
Dujarric added, “people have a right to demonstrate peacefully. It’s very important that we see an atmosphere that is conducive to the ongoing consultations”.
Since 25 October Sudan has suffered a profound crisis, after the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, dissolved the Sovereign Council and declared a state of emergency. Numerous ministers and governors were dismissed, and a number of party leaders and officials were arrested.
Protests began immediately, in response to what many view as a “military coup”.