The Latest: UN health agency concerned over Sudan crackdown
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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.