Sudan authorities fire on protesters, killing at least 10

Suspected government supporters shot dead as country marred by violence since July’s coup

At least 10 people have been shot dead in clashes between government supporters and opposition protesters in Sudan, medics said on Wednesday.

Government supporters shot dead four of the protesters in downtown Khartoum on Tuesday, said Abdalmahmood Maalous, who heads a union of paramedics. A total of four people were killed on Tuesday and one died on Wednesday of gunshot wounds, Maalous told Agence France-Presse.

Opposition activists posted pictures on social media showing mass graves in one of the cities hit by fighting.

Tuesday’s violence followed clashes between government supporters and protesters in which several people were also killed.

In the two previous days, the authorities have clashed with protesters in five cities, including Khartoum. Police have used live ammunition on several occasions against protesters.

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on Tuesday and again on Wednesday in the latest protests against the Khartoum government, with the death toll continuing to climb.

Al Jazeera reported that a minister in South Sudan said most of the dead were shot by the Sudanese army and the remaining 15 had been shot by members of the opposition.

The clashes in Sudan began last Friday with protests after the government of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir sought the murder of two opposition members during raids on their homes, according to Amnesty International.

Since January, at least 19 civilians have been killed in clashes between the security forces and protesters. Several activists have been arrested, Amnesty has said.

Several United Nations peacekeepers and three national guardsmen have also been killed since February in clashes between the army and demonstrators.

Security forces in Sudan routinely suppress protests against the country’s leaders.

More than 5,300 people, mostly students, were killed in nationwide protests that swept Sudan in 2013 and 2014 following higher fuel prices and corruption allegations.

Al-Bashir, whose country is under US sanctions, seized power in a coup in 1989.

In August he was declared winner of a presidential election that human rights groups have called rigged.

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