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Sudanese security forces descend on anti-coup protesters after military leader, al-Burhan’s promise

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Eleven anti-coup protesters were seriously wounded when Sudanese security forces descended on a sit-in protest to disperse demonstrators in the capital, Khartoum, a medical pressure group, Sudan’s Doctors Committee (SDC), said in a statement.

The group, which tracks protest casualties across the country, said the security forces used tear gas and other objects on the demonstrators in the neighbourhoods of Burri and al-Jawda in the capital city late on Monday.

The medical group said some of those injured were hit by tear gas canisters and other solid objects in the head and elsewhere, causing severe injuries to them.

The crackdown came a few hours after Sudan’s military ruler, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, promised in a televised speech that the military will withdraw from political negotiations meant at solving the ongoing crisis in the country.

Al-Burhan also promised to step down and dissolve the military-led Ruling Sovereign Council after a new transitional government is formed later in the year.

Since the military staged a coup in October 2021 where it overthrew a military-civilian transition government put in place after the ouster of former dictator Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist-backed government, pro-democracy activists have been holding sit-ins in different parts of Khartoum demanding that the military step aside and hand over power to a democratically elected government.

The protesters have been having skirmishes with security forces which have been carrying out brutal clampdown on the anti-coup marches with over 100 people killed close to a thousand injured, 629 injured in a clampdown on Thursday last week, according to the according to the medical group.

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UN peacekeeping mission to resume operations in Mali month after suspension

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Barely a month after the Malian junta suspended operations of UN peacekeeping troops on its soil, a spokesperson of the mission has confirmed that mission will resume again on Monday.

Malian authorities in a statement in July suspended all rotations of the military and police contingents of the United Nations Mission in Mali (UNMIS). The suspension was in continuation of its position of severing foreign relations, the suspension includes UN mission that are already scheduled.

The spokesperson said the mission and Malian authorities had agreed on a streamlined rotation procedure and that the mission’s request to resume rotations on Monday had been accepted.

Mali’s foreign ministry could not be immediately reached for comment.

Relations between Mali and troop-contributing countries remain strained. On Friday, Germany said it was suspending its military reconnaissance mission, which provides intelligence to MINUSMA, after Malian authorities withheld a flight clearance

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies.

It started by breaking defense alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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15 African migrants found dead in the Libyan-Sudan border desert

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At least 15 African migrants were found dead on Saturday in the desert on the Libyan borders with Sudan, with authorities saying the tragedy involved migrants seeking a better life in Europe while perilous journeys through the deserts and the Mediterranean Sea.

The discovery of the victims was made by the Libyan Department for Combating Irregular Migration, in the southeastern city of Kufra, which said the migrants were on their way from Sudan to Libya when their vehicle broke down due to lack of fuel.

The agency, in a statement, said nine other migrants survived while two remain missing in the desert.

It added that there were women and children among the migrants, but did not elaborate on how many they were.

It also did not reveal causes of the migrants’ death, but said they did not have enough food and water.

“All the migrants were Sudanese, from a country in turmoil for years. The migrants likely attempted to reach western Libya in efforts to board trafficking boats to Europe,” the department said on its Facebook page.

In June, the Libya authorities had also discovered bodies of 20 migrants in the sprawling Kufra desert who they said died of thirst after their vehicle broke down close to the border with Chad.

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