The Latest: UN health agency concerned over Sudan crackdown
KHARTOUM, Sudan –The Latest on developments in Sudan (all times local):
The U.N. health agency says it’s gravely concerned over the targeting of patients, medical staff and facilities in Sudan during a military crackdown on protesters that killed over 100 people this week.
The World Health Organization says security forces are making “incursions into Khartoum hospitals,” forcing shutdowns of emergency and health services. Five patients and medical workers injured.
Friday’s WHO statement says “these actions represent a total and unacceptable violation of international human rights law and must stop.”
It says tent clinics set up to treat injured protesters have been set on fire and destroyed; medical equipment looted, and health care workers assaulted. Rapes of female health workers have also been reported.
The military launched a crackdown on Monday, dispersing the protest movement’s main sit-in in the capital, Khartoum. A Sudanese medical group says 113 people have been killed in the crackdown.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is in Sudan to mediate between the ruling military and the country’s protest leaders amid an army crackdown that has killed over 100 people this week.
Ahmed was met by Sudanese generals who in April ousted longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and took over the country.
He will hold talks separately later Friday with the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a coalition of political groups demanding the military hand over power to civilian rule.
His visit comes after the African Union, based in Ethiopia, suspended Sudan on Thursday over the deadly crisis.
The military launched a crackdown on Monday, dispersing the protest movement’s main sit-in in the capital, Khartoum.
A Sudanese medical group says 113 people have been killed in the crackdown.