Sudan’s military council begins probe into sit-in violence

Protesters block a main street in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Tuesday. — AFP

KHARTOUM — Sudan's Transitional Military Council has launched an investigation into the break-up of the sit-in in the capital city.

Those proven responsible for dispersing the Khartoum sit-in which led to over 35 deaths will be held accountable, the council said on Wednesday.

During a message to mark the Eid Al-Fitr, council's head General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan stated that the council is open to negotiations with no conditions, and called on all parties to “turn a new page” and move forward.

Meanwhile, a doctors’ committee close to the demonstrators claimed on Wednesday that the number of people killed since security forces stormed a protest camp in Khartoum on Monday rose to 60.

The council's deputy head, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo said on Wednesday that negotiations with political forces have “deviated off course,” adding that the country was moving toward an inclusive governing system.

Dagalo affirmed that the military council does not seek governance, adding that they want to restore the country's standing by enforcing the law. Dagalo also said that security forces must exercise restraint when engaging with citizens. — Agencies