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Four protesting against military rule in Sudan killed

Staff Correspondent
Sudanese security forces raided Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television and its Al Hadath news channel in Khartoum and confiscated their equipment on Thursday.

CCTV footage of the raid shows security personnel attacking employees.

The Dubai-based satellite television station announced that several of its journalists were injured in the attack.

The raid came moments after Sudanese forces had fired tear gas and live ammunition at protesters rallying against the October 25 military coup in the country's capital and elsewhere.

A demonstrator told the AFP that he was marching "for the fall of military power" and above all "against the political agreement", a text which recently allowed the civilian Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok to leave house arrest but also General Burhane to remain at the head of the transitional authorities for two more years.

According to a pro-democracy doctors' union, four protesters were shot dead in Omdurman, a northwestern suburb of Khartoum during the protest.

The doctors added, the crackdown has now seen at least 52 people killed in protest-related violence.

Asharq News, another Saudi-funded channel, reported that one of its crews was prevented from covering the protest by security forces.

Authorities had earlier that day cut mobile internet and telephone calls but restored them in the evening after the demonstrators had dispersed.

To prevent as much as possible the gatherings, the police on Wednesday evening installed containers across the bridges linking Khartoum to its suburbs.

The U.N. mission in Sudan and the U.S. embassy condemned the deaths of the protesters and the attacks on the media
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