Sudanian protesters: 10 killed in protests

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A doctor told CNN that many of the wounded people were transported to al-Jazeera Hospital in Khartoum after a massive protest on Saturday.

Some were in a critical condition, he said. One of the protesters was killed when an anti-riot police armored vehicle “shot him in the stomach,” the doctor said.

More than 10 people were killed in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Sudan, according to local medics.

The incident occurred Saturday in Khartoum and is believed to be part of a massive, citywide protest against Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir.

Bashir announced that he will stand for president again in elections scheduled for next year.

Thousands of demonstrators have been taking to the streets since early Friday, calling for his resignation.

More demonstrations are expected on Sunday.

A day earlier, some 30,000 people took to the streets in Khartoum and the state capital of Omdurman, angry over an economic crisis and a decrease in the price of bread and other staples.

The protests come as the country grapples with surging inflation, rising unemployment and a deteriorating economy.

Mohamed al-Agd, head of the Omdurman local committee for Doctors Without Borders, told CNN that protesters were furious about what they perceive as failed leadership.

He said his team treated 400 people in a makeshift field hospital Saturday morning. Some protesters were suffering serious cases of tear gas poisoning, he said.

The increased protests are reportedly a sign of discontent with Bashir’s 18-year rule, according to Al Jazeera.

In July, Sudan’s central bank cut the pound’s value by half to the dollar as the government desperately tried to stave off a crisis sparked by low oil prices.

This was the central bank’s fourth attempt in two years to slash the rate of its US dollar peg, from 18.5 to 14.5 pounds per dollar.

The western town of White Nile also witnessed large-scale protests on Saturday, according to an eyewitness.

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