UN calls on Sudan to investigate protest deaths

United Nations' Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on December 16, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 29 December 2018
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UN calls on Sudan to investigate protest deaths

  • Opposition groups have called for more anti-government rallies to be held over the next few days

UNITED NATIONS, United States: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called on authorities in Sudan to investigate deaths during violent protests in Khartoum and other cities.
At least 19 people have been killed since December 19 during protests sparked by Khartoum’s decision to hike the price of bread, according to the government.
Guterres “appeals for calm and restraint and calls on the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the deaths and violence,” the UN spokesman said in a statement.
The UN chief is “following with concern” developments in Sudan and “emphasizes the need to safeguard freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”
Sudanese police fired tear gas at worshippers who staged demonstrations after Friday prayers in several cities, including Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman on the west bank of the Nile, witnesses said.
Photographs posted by activists on social media showed thick plumes of smoke rising from neighborhoods in Khartoum as protesters burned garbage and tires.
Opposition groups have called for more anti-government rallies to be held over the next few days.
Sudan is facing an acute foreign exchange crisis and soaring inflation, despite the US decision to lift an economic embargo in October 2017.


Sinai clashes kill 7 Egyptian troops, 59 militants

Updated 29 min 6 sec ago
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Sinai clashes kill 7 Egyptian troops, 59 militants

  • Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants last year
  • The country has struggled to defeat a long-running insurgency in Sinai

CAIRO: Egypt says at least seven troops, including an officer, have been killed in clashes with militants in recent operations in restive northern Sinai Peninsula.
The military said in a statement Tuesday that forces have killed at least 59 suspected militants and arrested another 142 suspected militants and criminals.
It says airstrikes destroyed 56 vehicles containing weapons and ammunition in the Western Desert, south and northeastern border areas.
The military statement gave no timeframe for these recent operations. It wasn’t possible to independently confirm the details as access to northern Sinai is heavily restricted.
Egypt launched a nationwide operation against militants last year. It has struggled to defeat a long-running insurgency in Sinai, which serves as a base for Egypt’s Daesh affiliate.