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Sudanese security forces skirmish with demonstrators after protest death

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KHARTOUM — Sudanese security Units fired tear gas at protesters near Khartoum's presidential palace on Friday. The next day, nine people were reported killed in the largest antimilitarist rally.

A protest group calling for a return to democratic rule said it would organize an unlimited campaign of sit-ins and other peaceful actions in response to death.

Medical personnel allied with protesters said nine people were primarily killed in shootings from security forces in the neighboring cities of Khartoum, Omdurman and Bari. The ruling council of Sudan did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

"Sit-in can develop, but it needs to be strengthened properly," Arleda Al-Rashid said, drinking tea and writing a slogan in the center of Khartoum. He told Reuters while standing with other protesters. On Friday.

"People from Omdurman can participate in our sit-ins and also from the surrounding area."

Thursday's rally was a coup d'etat in October last year. Following more than eight months of demonstrations against its leaders, the agreed power-sharing arrangements with civilians following the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in 2019 have ended.

Khartoum police said in a statement that they were arrested Thursday after protesters equipped with tear gas and water cannons and equipped with stones and metal rods opposed their position.

Dozens of members of the security force were injured, some of whom were seriously injured, the statement said. Police said they had not received reports of the deaths of six people. This is a clear reference to the previous estimated number of deaths from Thursday.

A medical group (Central Committee of Dr. Sudan) died on Friday injured another protester who was beaten during a demonstration in the capital a week ago, killing protesters since the coup. He said the number had reached 113.

Rights lawyers said at least 150 protesters were detained on Thursday. The military-led government has not released its own estimates of arrests or deaths.

The United Nations, the African Union, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which are trying to mediate, said Thursday that they accused security forces of using excessive force under the strongest possible conditions. ..

"We again urge the authorities to take all necessary steps to stop violence, stop arbitrary arrests and detentions, and respect the right to freedom of speech and assembly." I read the joint statement. (Additional report Khalid Abdelaziz; edited by Andrew Heavens Written by Aidan Lewis; edited by Andrew Heavens)