Protester killed in Sudan anti-coup rallies: medics

Protester killed in Sudan anti-coup rallies: medics
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A protester was killed by security forces in Sudan in the latest demonstrations against the military coup
The latest death brings to 103 the number killed during a crackdown on protests since October's military coup [Getty]

Sudanese security forces on Wednesday killed a protester during the latest rallies against last year's military coup, medics said.

The protester, yet to be identified, died after taking a "shot to the chest" during rallies in North Khartoum, said the pro-democracy Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.

The latest death brings to 103 the number killed during a crackdown on protests since an October 25 coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, according to the committee.

Wednesday's demonstrations saw hundreds taking to the streets in several neighbourhoods around Khartoum to call for civilian rule.

Many were carrying banners urging demonstrators to take to the streets in large numbers on Thursday, according to witnesses.

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The killing took place as Western diplomats and the United Nations urged Sudanese authorities to refrain from violence against protesters ahead of Thursday's planned protest, which marks 33 years since dictator Omar al-Bashir seized power in a coup.

Bashir was ousted in April 2019, and later that year a power-sharing deal was established between the military and civilians, but that transition was upended by Burhan's own coup last year.

Sudan, one of the world's poorest countries, has since last year's coup plunged into deepening unrest, characterised by near-weekly protests, soaring prices, life-threatening food shortages and ethnic clashes.

The UN, the African Union and regional bloc IGAD have been pushing to facilitate direct talks among Sudanese factions to resolve the crisis.

Earlier this month, military officials, representatives from several political parties and senior members from ex-rebel groups attended the start of talks.

But key civilian groups refused to take part.