Sudan protests death toll rises to 24

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Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans as they march along the street during anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

CAIRO (Reuters) – The death toll from protests in Sudan that began last month has risen to 24, the head of the Sudanese government fact-finding committee Amer Ibrahim said on Saturday.

Anti-government protests broke out on December 19 after the government tripled the price of bread with protesters calling for President Omar al-Bashir to resign.

Authorities had earlier said that 22 people, including two security personnel, had been killed in the unrest.

Amnesty International,however, has estimated that at least 40 people have died in the protests.

Amer Ibrahim, head of a panel set up by the prosecutor’s office to investigate the violence during these rallies said two additional protesters who were being treated in hospital in Gadaraf, an impoverished agricultural town, had passed away, taking the overall death toll to 24.

Protesters have staged hundreds of demonstrations so far but riot police and security agents have broken up their rallies with volleys of tear gas.

The protests first erupted in towns and villages before spreading to the capital, with angry crowds calling for an end to Bashir’s three decades in power.

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