10 killed in clashes between Sudanese police and protesters

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Ten people have been killed and scores injured in clashes between protesters and police in Sudan during mass demonstrations across the African country, medical sources said on Saturday.

After three days of protests against President Omar al-Bashir’s newly proclaimed “unimplementable” deal with the International Monetary Fund in which the minimum wage for state employees was cut by half, several cities were engulfed in protests as people took to the streets to express anger and demand reforms, according to sources.

Anti-government protests erupted in several cities, including Khartoum, Omdurman, the capital of North Kordofan state, and Port Sudan, east of the capital.

On Friday, the presidential plane was fired upon, and the burning of police and military vehicles and injuries to those on board were reported.

The head of a Sudanese Association of Doctors (SIDA) and a security official said that 10 protesters and 20 security agents were killed on Friday. On Saturday, medical sources said that almost 100 people were wounded in the clashes on Friday and that seven civilians were killed during the unrest, including two children.

Sadiq al-Mahdi, chairman of the opposition Umma party, and Mohamed Nimerzor, Sudan’s Amnesty International secretary general, said that two children were killed by snipers and a woman was killed when she was shot by security forces.

“Both were hit in the head and died shortly thereafter,” Nimerzor said.

Doctors without Borders, which supports health facilities in Sudan, said in a statement that ambulances were sent to several hospitals in Khartoum and Omdurman, where they were unable to pick up the injured patients due to a lack of fuel.

Medical aid groups have sharply criticised the government for exacerbating shortages by blocking several oilfields and stopping shipment of fuel, medicine and other goods.

However, Thursday’s announcement by Bashir that the emergency deal with the IMF would include fuel subsidies cuts, devaluation of the currency and reduced salaries for government workers sparked the latest protests.

The opposition council called on the government to end the cuts and said it would meet within the next few days to plan for a “more decisive” protest movement.

On Thursday, the finance minister said that half of the $1.65bn funding for a three-year IMF loan would come from the Gulf. The deal comes just weeks after the government accepted a four-year financing package from the Chinese government. The Chinese financing package included $1.4bn in soft loans and $1.2bn in investments.

In early February, police opened fire on dozens of protesters, according to reports, killing one young man.

Bashir has been in power for more than three decades but he faces mounting political turmoil in the country. In November last year, tens of thousands took to the streets in protests and demonstrations that led to several deaths.

Following a string of church closings, Sudanese churches held a mass mass and prayed for peace in the country on Saturday.

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