A Sudanese child was killed, and 173 others were injured during the Sudanese security crackdown on demonstrations calling for civilian rule in the capital, Khartoum, and Madani city.
The Central Sudanese Doctors Committee issued a statement confirming the killing of the 17-year-old child, Babiker Al-Rasheed, in Omdurman, west of the capital, after being hit with a live bullet in the chest by the Sudanese security forces.
The committee added, “the use of shotguns has increased extensively against peaceful demonstrators.”
This brings the number of children killed to 15, out of a total of 89 people killed since October last year.
The Sudanese Doctors Committee indicated that the total number of injuries on Monday, in both Khartoum and Madani is 173 injuries.
A demonstrator was shot with live bullets in the thigh, and 101 were injured with scattered gunshots, in addition to 3 injuries in the eyes by tear gas canisters.
“Sudan’s continued use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable and tragic”, Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York.
He added, “People have the right, wherever they are, to take to the streets and demonstrate peacefully, and it is not acceptable for security forces to use live ammunition or lethal weapons against them.”
Since October 25, 2021, Sudan has been witnessing a severe crisis following the decisions made by the Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, who announced a state of emergency, the dissolution of the Sovereignty Council, and the dismissal of the governors, after the arrest of party leaders, ministers and officials. Since then, regular demonstrations have been taking place in rejection of these measures, which civilians considered a “military coup.”