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Sudanese protester dies during rallies against military coup

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Picture shows Sudanese protesting in El-Obeid, capital of North Kordofan state, on July 19, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Another Sudanese protester has been fatally shot during rallies against a last year-present military coup.

The fatality on Thursday took the toll from those killed in crackdowns since the army takeover to 115, AFP reported, citing medics.

The pro-democracy Central Committee of Sudan Doctors said the protester had been killed in the city of Omdurman, across the Nile River from the capital Khartoum.

The Sudanese military, led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, seized power in October 2021, after detaining Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and other civilian leaders.

Back then, the military also dissolved the year-old transitional government as well as the joint ruling military-civilian sovereign council that had been formed after the 2019 ouster of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir.

The country has been rocked by protests ever since, leaving scores of people dead and hundreds more injured. Hundreds of activists have also been arrested in the clampdown under emergency laws.

Sudan, one of the world's poorest countries, is also mired in an economic crisis that has deepened since the coup.

Also on Thursday, the World Bank released $100 million for the World Food Program to tackle "deep food insecurity" for two million people in Sudan, where aid was suspended following an military takeover.

The funds will help provide an "emergency safety net" amid worsening hunger in the northeast African nation "caused by a poor harvest and rising international food prices," the bank said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Burhan vowed in a surprise move to make way for a civilian government.

But the country's main civilian umbrella group, the Forces for Freedom and Change, rejected his move as a "ruse" and protesters have continued to press the army chief to resign.

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