Sudan police use tear gas as protests kill three

Sudanese protesters chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Khartoum on January 6, 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Sudan police use tear gas as protests kill three

  • Police chased demonstrators into side roads
  • Protesters have been staging demonstrations almost daily for weeks

PARIS: Sudanese security forces stormed a hospital to pursue people seeking treating from gunshot wounds sustained during protests against President Omar al-Bashir, Amnesty International said Thursday.
Soldiers fired live bullets and teargas as they entered the hospital late Wednesday in Omdurman, twin city of the capital Khartoum, roughing up doctors and patients, the rights group said.
"This attack on a hospital is an outrageous violation of international law," Amnesty's deputy director for East Africa, Sarah Jackson, said in a statement.
Wednesday's rally in Omdurman was the latest in weeks of street protests over the government's decision to triple the price of bread.
Riot police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters and the government confirmed Thursday that three people had died.
That brought the official death toll from the protests so far to 22.
But Amnesty said more than 40 had been killed in more than 380 protests against rising living costs since December 19, and more than 1,000 arrested.
Jackson called on the government to take "immediate action to stop the practice of shooting protesters and respect the Sudanese people's right to freedom of expression".
A doctor told AFP late Wednesday that six protesters were being treated at Omdurman's main hospital for gunshot wounds.
Amnesty did not say if the soldiers detained any of the patients.


Car bomb explodes in Assad's Syria stronghold Latakia

Updated 22 January 2019
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Car bomb explodes in Assad's Syria stronghold Latakia

BEIRUT: A car bomb detonated in Syria's government-held city of Latakia on Tuesday, killing the driver and injuring several other people, Syrian state media reported.
Footage carried on the state-run Al-Ikhbariya news channel showed a large group of people milling around in a street while wreckage smouldered on the ground.
Though President Bashar Al-Assad has regained control over more than half of Syria, attackers have periodically continued to strike in cities he controls with suicide blasts and car bombs.
State news agency Sana reported that the driver of the vehicle, a Suzuki minivan, had been killed in the explosion, and that four other people had been wounded.
It reported that the authorities had dismantled another explosive device in the same location before the blast in the vehicle.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor reported that five people had been injured in the explosion.