Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 24 October 2019

Sudan paramilitaries kill civilian, doctors say

Tens of thousands demonstrated across Sudan to mark 40 days since security forces killed dozens of protesters in Khartoum

Sudanese protesters take part in a vigil in the capital Khartoum to mourn dozens of demonstrators killed last month in a brutal raid on a Khartoum sit-in, on July 13, 2019. AFP
Sudanese protesters take part in a vigil in the capital Khartoum to mourn dozens of demonstrators killed last month in a brutal raid on a Khartoum sit-in, on July 13, 2019. AFP

Members of a Sudanese paramilitary force shot dead a civilian on Sunday in a town south-east of the capital as angry residents protested against the paramilitaries, witnesses and doctors said.

The incident occurred in El Souk in the state of Sinnar when residents of the town rallied demanding that members of the Rapid Support Forces leave the town, witnesses told AFP.

"Residents of the town had gathered outside the office of the National Intelligence and Security Service to complain about the RSF," a witness said.

"RSF members deployed and initially started shooting in the air but later they opened fire on residents, killing a man and wounding several other people."

A committee of doctors linked to the country's umbrella protest movement, the Alliance for Freedom and Change, confirmed the incident.

The resident "was killed by gunshot in his head fired by Rapid Support Forces militia", it said.

Witnesses said El Souk residents had gone to the security service office to complain after the RSF raided a youth club on Saturday during a rally held to mourn the deaths of demonstrators killed in a Khartoum sit-in on June 3.

"During that rally the RSF raided a youth club and beat the youths there," a witness said.

On Saturday, protesters held rallies in several cities and towns across the country, including in Khartoum, to mourn those killed in a raid on a protest camp on June 3 in the capital.

Across the Blue Nile, hundreds protested in the districts of Shambat and Al Mazad in Sudan’s third city, Khartoum North, also known as Bahri.

In Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman, hundreds demonstrated on Al Arbaeen Street, a major throughfare.

Thousands also turned out in Wad Medani, the capital of Al Jazirah state, while others protested in Port Sudan and Al Ubayyid, the capitals of Red Sea and North Kordofan states.

Protesters and rights groups claim that the raid on the sit-in outside the army headquarters in central Khartoum was carried out by members of the RSF.

More than 100 demonstrators were killed in the raid on that day, doctors close to the protesters have said.

During the raid in which armed men in military fatigues cracked down on protesters who had been camping there for weeks, at least 128 people were killed, doctors linked to the opposition said. The government confirmed at least 61 deaths.

RSF commander Mohammed Dagalo is the deputy chief of Sudan's ruling military council, which seized power after the army removed longtime ruler Omar Al Bashir in April following nationwide protests against his rule.

Mr Dagalo has dismissed claims that the RSF was responsible for the deadly June crackdown, saying they were an attempt to distort the image of his force.

Updated: July 15, 2019 12:29 AM

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