At Least 60 Killed in Wave of Mass Protests Against Sudan's President, Group Says

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Protesters shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration, Khartoum, Sudan, March 18, 2019.
Protesters shout slogans during an anti-government demonstration, Khartoum, Sudan, March 18, 2019.Credit: AFP

An international rights group says Sudan's security forces have killed at least 60 people in more than three months of street protests calling on President Omar al-Bashir to step down.

Physicians for Human Rights says al-Bashir's forces have attacked at least seven medical facilities, arrested at least 136 health personnel, fired tear gas and other weapons into hospital wards and denied patients access to medical care.

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The protests erupted in December, initially over price hikes, but later tuned into calls for al-Bashir to resign.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir delivers a speech inside Parliament in Khartoum, Sudan April 1, 2019.Credit: REUTERS

Security forces have responded with a fierce crackdown. The government has said that 31 have been killed but hasn't updated its tally in weeks.

The New York-based watchdog has called attacks on doctors and medical facilities an "egregious violation of human rights."

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