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Violence in Sudan, UN Strongly Condemns Civilian Deaths

Sudanese soldiers stand guard on armoured vehicles as demonstrators protest in the capital, Khartoum.

After an unprecedented attack on protestors in Khartoum which killed many people, UNSC has strongly condemned the crackdown by military forces

Large number of civilian deaths has jolted Sudan after security forces allegedly attacked a protest camp in the country’s capital, Khartoum.

The week long sit-in protest outside the military headquarters in Khartoum saw a violent dispersal by the military forces in which a dozen people have been reportedly killed.

A total of 118 people have been killed since a crackdown was launched on June 3 to disperse a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum

The civil disobedience movement started by protestors across Sudan, especially in Khartoum saw a huge surge in favour of a civilian rule after former President Omar Al Bashir had to step down after widespread agitation across the country against rising economic crisis and clampdown on fundamental rights.

Since April the political turmoil in Sudan has not receded and many Sudanese activists fear a civil war like situation.

 Digital blackout has also swept through Sudan. Digital rights group Netblocks reported “a near-total blackout” of internet coverage in Sudan after it was briefly restored. “It’s the first time telecom service Sudatel has cut off everything in the country,” a spokesman for Netblocks said. “It was not switching off data centres, more like a digital cutting of all lines.”

African Union (AU) has suspended Sudan from all talks till the political unrest in the country subsides.

The UN Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned recent violence in Sudan and called on Khartoum’s military rulers and protest movement to work toward a solution to the crisis.

In a unanimous statement, the council called for an immediate halt to the violence against civilians and stressed the importance of upholding human rights.

Aslo read: http://diplomacybeyond.com/political-turmoil-in-sudan-a-detailed-timeline-of-events/