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At least 19 killed in protests against bread prices in Sudan

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[residents march the streets of Khartoum protesting against bread prices. Photo/courtesy]

Over 19 people have lost their lives in the clashes between Sudanese anti-riot police and protesters in demonstrations triggered by a rise in bread prices.

According to Boshara Juma, Sudanese government spokesperson, said 19 people including two security officers have been killed during the clashes in Khartoum and several other cities since the protests began on December 19.

At least 219 others were wounded, he added.

Protests initially started in towns and villages and later spread to Khartoum, as people rallied against the government tripling the price of a loaf of bread from one Sudanese pound to three approximated to (Ksh 2.15 to Ksh 6.45).

Demonstrators have also been marching against Sudan’s dire economic situation and some have called for President Omar al Bashir’s resignation.

However, rights group Amnesty International on Monday put the death toll at 37.

Doctors and journalists have launched a strike in support of the protests.

Police and security officers remained deployed in several parts of the Sudanese capital on Thursday, but no new demonstrations were held.

Sudan is grappling with an acute foreign currency crisis, soaring inflation, and shortages of bread and fuel despite the lifting of an economic embargo by the US in October 2017.