Sudan: AU Mediator Decries El Obeid Massacre, Urges Sudan Negotiators to Hasten Agreement

Demonstration in Arkaweet, Khartoum on Tuesday against the El Obeid massacre

Khartoum — The African mediator in the Sudan negotiations between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) has condemned Monday's shooting in Obeid, capital of North Kordofan, which left five people dead and dozens injured, and urged the parties to hasten an agreement so that the perpetrators of the massacre can be brought to justice.

According to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA), the African Union mediator, Mohamed Lebatt, said in a press conference at the AU premises in Khartoum today that "the AU strongly rejects killing of peaceful protesters", and pointed to the necessity of bringing the culprits to fair trial in order to be punished.

He indicated the joint negotiation committee was about to conclude its work, disclosing that the signing of the Constitutional Document would contribute to formation of an independent committee to investigate in the recent incidents.

Lebatt, called on the negotiating parties to be hasty in concluding the agreement for the national interest.

El Obeid massacre

Members of the Rapid Support Forces, Sudan's main government militia, reportedly began shooting at secondary school students and activists demonstrating in the North Kordofan capital on Monday morning. Five of them were killed instantly. Dozens of others were injured, eight of them seriously.

Nazifa Awad, a doctor at El Obeid Hospital, told Radio Dabanga that the death toll following Monday's shoot remains at five.

"The number of wounded in El Obeid Hospital alone is 62. Two others were transferred to El Daman Hospital." The doctor said that four serious cases were transferred to Khartoum. Two of them are in a coma due to gunshots to the head.

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