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At least 27 dead in Sudan fuel subsidy protests: medical source

By Khalid Abdelaziz KHARTOUM (Reuters) - At least 27 people have been killed in protests in Khartoum over fuel subsidy cuts announced by President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, a medical source said on Thursday, in the worst outbreak of unrest in Sudan's capital in years. Thousands of protesters torched cars and petrol stations in central areas of the capital on Wednesday, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air. Internet access went down across the country, although the cause was not immediately clear.

Twenty-seven people killed in Sudan protests: medical source

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Twenty-seven people were killed in Wednesday's protests in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, a medical source said on Thursday. "There were 27 people killed in the protests and their bodies are at the Omdurman hospital," the source told Reuters, asking not to be named. Relatives and medics told Reuters on Wednesday that at least six people were killed in the protests against fuel subsidy cuts. It was not clear if those were included in the Omdurman hospital figure.

29 dead in 3 days of Sudan riots

At least 29 people have been killed in three days of rioting in Sudan sparked by a government decision to scrap subsidies on fuel, medical officials said on Thursday. "We have received the bodies of 21 people" since the protests began on Monday, a hospital source in Khartoum's twin city Omdurman told AFP, adding that all were "civilians". Another eight people were killed in other regions, witnesses and families said.

Seven protesters killed in Sudan: relatives, witnesses

Seven demonstrators were killed on Wednesday when security forces opened fire to disperse protests in Khartoum and its sister city Omdurman, witnesses and relatives said. The deaths bring to 10 the number of people killed since protests erupted on Monday against an end to fuel subsidies announced by the Sudanese government. str-hj/kir/al

Seven killed in Sudan protests over scrapped fuel subsidies

Seven demonstrators were killed in Khartoum and its sister city Omdurman Wednesday as protests over the Sudanese government's scrapping of fuel subsidies raged for a third day, witnesses and relatives said. The protests, which have now cost the lives of 10 people, have escalated into the worst in Sudan since President Omar al-Bashir seized power in 1989. The US embassy called on everyone to avoid violence, saying it had received "regrettable" reports of casualties in demonstrations and warning Americans of the danger of further protests.

US urges all sides to shun violence as Sudan protests grow

The US embassy in Khartoum called Wednesday for all sides in Sudan to avoid further violence as deadly protests sparked by fuel price hikes intensified. "We call on all sides not to resort to force and to respect civil liberties and the right to peaceful assembly," said a US embassy statement issued in Arabic. Three people have been killed since the protests erupted on Monday, spreading from the agricultural belt south of Khartoum to the capital and to the Darfur region in the west.

Deadly anti-govt demos escalate in Sudan

Violent protests against the Sudanese government's decision to scrap fuel subsidies raged into a third day Wednesday as public transport ground to a halt and riots broke out in parts of Khartoum. The protests, which have cost the lives of three people, have escalated into the worst in Sudan since President Omar al-Bashir seized power in 1989. Demonstrations spread on Wednesday to several districts of the capital, some of them near the centre, an AFP correspondent reported.

Deadly Sudan riots over fuel subsidy cuts

Protesters demonstrating after Sudan's government scrapped fuel subsidies set fire to cars at a luxury hotel near Khartoum airport on Wednesday, after three people died in rioting. The education ministry said schools in the capital would remain shut until September 30. An AFP correspondent reported several users saying Internet access had been cut, but it was not immediately known if this was a fault or a deliberate move by the authorities.

Two dead in Sudan anti-government protest

Two people have been killed in the Khartoum area in riots sparked by the lifting of government fuel subsidies, police and the family of one of the victims said Wednesday. The deaths since Tuesday take to three the number of people who have died since demonstrations erupted in central Sudan on Monday before spreading to the capital. Protests that began late Tuesday in Khartoum lasted until dawn on Wednesday, an AFP correspondent said. On Monday, the government announced steep price rises for petroleum products after suspending subsidies in a bid to reform the economy.

One person killed in Sudanese protests over fuel subsidies

By Khalid Abdelaziz OMDURMAN, Sudan (Reuters) - One person was killed when anti-government protests and clashes with police erupted in five Sudanese cities on Tuesday, witnesses and police said, as public discontent grew over the lifting of fuel subsidies. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, in power since 1989, has avoided the sort of Arab Spring uprising that has ousted autocrats in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, but dissent is rising over corruption and a worsening economic crisis.
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