Sudan’s health ministry on Thursday said, “no more than 46” people died in a crackdown on Khartoum protesters, far fewer than the 100 dead reported by doctors close to the demonstrators.
The statement came shortly after the medical association the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors (CCSD) said 40 bodies were recovered from the River Nile, bringing the death toll from Monday’s violent attack to about 100.
According to the CCSD, over 300 people were injured.
“There is mounting international pressure to resolve the crisis, which started on Monday,’’ the CCSD said.
It added that the security forces also fired live ammunition at a mass sit-in in front of military headquarters in the capital Khartoum.
Sudanese opposition groups on Wednesday rejected talks with the Transitional Military Council (TMC), which offered to reopen power-sharing negotiations and hold general elections within seven to nine months.
The TMC has been in power since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was deposed and arrested in a peaceful military coup in April that followed months of anti-government protests.
However, protesters say the new military rulers are a continuation of al-Bashir’s former regime and have vowed to continue their sit-in, which was completely cleared after Monday’s crackdown.