At least five demonstrators were on Saturday, killed by the Sudanese security forces in a crackdown on anti-coup protests, after the military tightened its grip by forming a new ruling council.
Nearly three weeks, Army Chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan ousted the government, detained the civilian leadership and declared a state of emergency.
The Independent Central Committee for Sudanese Doctors said three of the deceased were killed in east Khartoumn and two in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman.
The medics said four of the victims were shot dead, while one died from ‘suffocation by tear gas’.
A large number of people were also wounded by live rounds. Security forces went to one hospital in Omdurman and detained several of the wounded, the medics added.
The latest deaths brings to 20 the number of people killed in anti-coup protests since the military takeover on October 25, according to the medics.
The security forces denied using “live rounds”, saying they used only “minimum force”.
The police accused protesters of attacking police stations saying the demonstrations “began as peaceful but quickly veered off course”.
Meanwhile, State television reported that 39 police personnel were “severely wounded” in clashes with protesters.