Sudanese government forces entered a hospital and fired live bullets and tear gas as they pursued people who sought treatment after being shot by government forces during protests earlier in the day, on the outskirts of the capital Khartoum.
“This attack on a hospital is an outrageous violation of international law. Patients and doctors in Omdurman Hospital were attacked with tear gas and live bullets as Sudanese security forces ramped up their mission to suppress peaceful protests,” said Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.
Security officers opened fire in the hospital courtyard and marched into the emergency room roughing up both patients and doctors.
“There must be an urgent investigation into this horrific attack, and all officers involved must be held accountable. The Government of Sudan must also take immediate action to stop the practice of shooting protesters and respect the Sudanese people’s right to freedom of expression.” Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.
Sudanese security forces have opened fire with live ammunition on crowds of people and used tear gas repeatedly against people taking part in anti-government protests across the country for weeks.
Since December 19th, there have been around 400 protests across Sudan. Protests began by expressing outrage over an increase in the price of bread and the movement began to encapsulate anger at the high cost of living and the authoritarian rule of the Bashir government. More than 40 people have been killed and hundreds have been seriously injured as government forces violently attack protesters. More than 1,000 people have been arrested. The government has arrested opposition figures, activists, closed down schools and shut off the internet.