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US says aid to Sudan won’t resume after recent violence

People chant slogans during a demonstration against the killing of dozens by Sudanese security forces since the October 25, 2021 military takeover, in Khartoum, Sudan, on January 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)
People chant slogans during a demonstration against the killing of dozens by Sudanese security forces since the October 25, 2021 military takeover, in Khartoum, Sudan, on January 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

CAIRO — The United States will continue withholding aid from Sudan until the country’s military rulers stop the killing of anti-coup protesters and a civilian led-government takes power, two senior American diplomats say.

Today’s joint statement comes after a two-day visit to Sudan this week by US Assistant Secretary of State Molly Phee and the newly appointed US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, David Satterfield. The visit was meant to help pull the African nation out of a worsening crisis in the wake of the October 25 coup.

The military takeover has upended Sudan’s transition to democratic rule after three decades of repression and international isolation under autocratic President Omar al-Bashir, ousted during a popular uprising in April 2019.

While in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, Phee and Satterfield met with Sudanese civilian and military leaders, as well as with families of some of the killed pro-democracy protesters.

At least 72 demonstrators have been killed since the October coup. Seven were killed on Monday alone, according to a doctors’ activist group. Security forces used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse thousands who gathered in Khartoum. Among the seven killed, some were as young as 19 years old. Around 100 people were wounded, according to the Sudan Doctors Committee.

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