Daily Archives: July 14, 2019

Doctors: Sudan Paramilitaries Shoot Dead Civilian

Members of a feared Sudanese paramilitary force shot dead a civilian Sunday in a town southeast of the capital as angry residents protested against the paramilitaries, witnesses and doctors said.

The incident occurred in El-Souk in the state of Sinnar when residents of the town rallied demanding that members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) leave the town, witnesses told AFP.

“Residents of the town had gathered outside the office of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) to complain about the RSF,” a witness said.

“RSF members deployed and initially started shooting in the air but later they opened fire at residents, killing a man and wounding several other people,” said the witness, who declined to be named for security reasons.

A committee of doctors linked to the country’s umbrella protest movement, the Alliance for Freedom and Change, confirmed the incident.

The resident “was killed by gunshot in his head fired by Rapid Support Forces militia,” it said in a statement, adding that several other people were wounded.

Witnesses said El-Souk residents had gone to the NISS office to complain after the RSF raided a youth club on Saturday during a rally held to mourn the deaths of demonstrators killed in a Khartoum sit-in on June 3.

“During that rally the RSF raided a youth club and beat the youths there,” one witness said.

On Saturday, protesters held rallies in several cities and towns across the country, including in Khartoum, to mourn those killed in a raid on a protest camp on June 3 in the capital.

Protesters and rights groups allege that the raid on the sit-in outside the army headquarters in central Khartoum was carried out by members of the RSF.

More than 100 demonstrators were killed in the raid on that day when armed men in military fatigues cracked down on protesters who had been camping out there for weeks, doctors close to the protesters have said.

RSF commander Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo is the deputy chief of Sudan’s ruling military council that seized power after the army’s ouster of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in April following nationwide protests against his rule.

Dagalo has dismissed claims that the RSF was responsible for the deadly June crackdown, saying it was an attempt to distort the image of his force.

Source: Voice of America

Palestinian President Underlines Importance Of Egyptian Role In National Reconciliation

RAMALLAH, Palestine� Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stressed the importance of continuing Egyptian efforts to end the Palestinian internal division and efforts on all levels, to safeguard the two-state solution, in line with international legitimacy.

During a meeting with the Egyptian security delegation, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Abbas stressed the importance of joint Arab efforts, to protect the unified Arab positions, that had been reiterated in various meetings.

Abbas expressed gratitude to Egypt and its leadership, for its continued support to the Palestinian people, including means on Arab, regional and international levels, to achieve Palestinian political and financial sovereignty.

Abbas said, he values Egypt’s role in achieving national reconciliation and internal unity, under the frame of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

Egyptian intelligence head, Ayman Badee, who led the delegation, said, Egypt is following closely on the Israeli actions, including its continued settlement expansion, excavations in East Jerusalem and the house demolition and eviction orders against Palestinians.

Badee also stressed the Egyptian stance on the Palestinian-Israeli issue, adding that, the peace process should be in line with the two-state solution, international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative, aiming at ending the Israeli occupation and establishing a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Egyptian delegation held talks with the Hamas movement, over the past two days.

Hamas said, after the meeting, that, the talks tackled issues of common interests, including bilateral relations and the situation in Gaza, adding that, the Hamas leadership has offered a positive position to pursue national unity, recalling the dangers targeting the Palestinian cause and the region.