Group accuses Sudanese forces of killing 60 protesters in Khartoum

Sudan’s security forces have killed at least 60 people in more than three months of street protests, an international rights group said Friday as dozens of Sudanese took part in anti-government protests in the capital, Khartoum, and other cities.

Physicians for Human Rights said President Omar al-Bashir’s forces have attacked at least seven medical facilities, arrested at least 136 health personnel, fired tear gas and other weapons into hospital wards and denied patients access to medical care during the current wave of unrest.

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The protests erupted in December, initially over a failing economy, but later transformed into demands for the resignation of the autocratic al-Bashir, an Islamist who has run the country for nearly 30 years but brought little improvement to his people.

Security forces have responded with a fierce crackdown, using tear gas, rubber bullets, live ammunition and batons to quell the unrest. An estimated 2,000 protesters have also been wounded, including many shot in the eye with birdshot and some losing limbs from live ammunition, according to rights groups and activists who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

The government has said that 31 people have been killed but hasn’t updated its tally in weeks.

The rights group said it documented uniformed and plain-clothed forces from the National Intelligence and Security Services pulling civilians out of their homes in Khartoum and beating many others with batons and dragging them to vans. The forces also fired live ammunition at protesters in at least three districts of Khartoum, Physicians for Human Rights said.

There was no immediate comment from authorities on the report and a government spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

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