Sudan Troops Deploy Ahead Of Protests

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Sudanese police and soldiers

Sudanese coup police and soldiers deployed in large numbers Sunday across the capital Khartoum. Coup forces erected roadblocks on bridges crossing the Nile river. protesters vowed to take to the streets in large numbers. The country’s main civilian umbrella group accuse the military leadership now in power of exacerbating ethnic tensions for personal gain.

KHARTOUM JULY 17: Sudanese police and soldiers deployed in large numbers Sunday across the capital Khartoum, ahead of mass protests. Coup forces erected roadblocks on bridges crossing the Nile river linking Khartoum to its suburbs, AFP reporters said.

Undeterred, protesters vowed to take to the streets in large numbers following a period of relative calm over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha which ended early last week.

The demonstrators oppose Burhan’s October power-grab and are also highlighting heavy fighting in Sudan’s southern Blue Nile state, about 450 kilometers south of Khartoum.

Sudan’s latest coup derailed a transition to civilian rule, sparking near-weekly protests and a crackdown by security forces that has left at least 114 killed, according to Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.

The country’s main civilian umbrella group accuse the military leadership now in power and the ex-rebel leaders who signed a 2020 peace deal of exacerbating ethnic tensions for personal gain.

In Blue Nile on Sunday, witnesses reported troops deployed in the town of Al-Roseires, after at least 33 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in violence between rival ethnic groups, according to the Health Ministry.

The current violence in Blue Nile is between two local tribes, the Berti and the Hausa.

Source: VOA News

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