Sudan.. 3 dead and dozens injured in “anti-coup” demonstrations

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors announced, on Monday, that 3 people were killed and more than 80 wounded, during demonstrations against the Sudanese army’s control of power.

The committee stated, on its Twitter account, that the two dead people were killed by “a gunshot wound by the forces of the military coup d’etat,” adding that military forces affiliated with the Military Council prevent the Central Blood Bank employees from carrying out their work in preparing blood for the injured.

She added that the case of the injured is now being counted and followed up, as it will announce with a continuous update “everything that is confirmed by it.”

And “military forces” shot demonstrators “rejecting the coup” in front of the army’s general headquarters in Khartoum, according to what “AFP” quoted the Sudanese Ministry of Information as saying earlier.

In another development, the Sudanese Doctors Syndicate issued an “call for doctors and medical staff to go to hospitals and emergency services to treat the injured and emergency cases.”

The union asked, on its Twitter account, to go especially to “hospitals near the General Command to treat casualties among the revolutionaries.”

The office of Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok, who was arrested at dawn on Monday with his wife and taken to an unknown location, called on the people to demonstrate “to restore their revolution.”

The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement, “Prime Minister Dr. Abdallah Hamdok and his wife were kidnapped at dawn today, Monday… from their residence in Khartoum, and they were taken to an unknown destination by a military force,” blaming “the country’s military leaders with full responsibility for the life and safety of the President Minister and his family.

A senior White House official confirmed, on Monday, that the United States is deeply concerned after the army took control of the transitional government in Sudan.

In statements to Al-Hurra, the official called for the immediate release of the Sudanese prime minister, and all those placed under house arrest.

He described the army’s actions today as “contradicting the will of the Sudanese people,” noting that the United States will continue to evaluate the best means to help the Sudanese people achieve a democratic transition. 

He added that the US State Department will issue a detailed statement on the events in Sudan at a later time.

The US embassy in Khartoum had advised its citizens in Sudan, earlier on Monday, to “stay in their places and follow what is happening.”

The embassy said it had received “reports that the armed forces are closing off certain areas in and around Khartoum.”

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