Police fire tear gas at Khartoum protesters; rally in Darfur region

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say at least 40 have been killed in the protests, initially sparked by price rises and shortages but soon shifted to calls on Sudan's longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir to step down. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

Also, residents of Al-Amlak and Al-Danagla neighbourhoods complained that the security forces have stormed their homes and fired tear gas inside the houses.

Khartoum police could not be reached for comment.

At least 14 people were killed on Sunday in a traffic accident in western Sudan, an official of Sudanese North Darfur State said.

Protest organizers have called for near daily demonstrations across the country against the president, calling it a "Week of Uprising".

Several streets remained blocked with burnt tyres and rocks thrown by protesters, a witness said, adding that riot police, some in vehicles loaded with machineguns, remained deployed in the area.

Reuters witnesses said security forces used tear gas against dozens of demonstrators in al-Halfaya Bahri in the south of Khartoum and against a separate demonstration by dozens of people emerging from Sayed Abdel Rahman Mosque in Omdurman, which sits on the other side of the River Nile from the capital.

The association, which has mobilized its membership to keep up the momentum of the protests, has also called for a rally later on Friday in the eastern town of Atbara, where the demonstrations first began.

Darfur, a region the size of France, has been torn by violence since 2003 when ethnic minority rebels took up arms against Khartoum, accusing it of economic and political marginalization.

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Bashir, who seized power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989, has been charged by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) with genocide and war crimes allegedly committed in Darfur.

Bashir has blamed the violence during the protests on "conspirators" without naming them.

He has insisted that the protests are part of a foreign plot to undermine Sudan's "Islamic experiment" and blamed the country's worsening economic crisis on worldwide sanctions.

Security forces have been accused by human rights groups of using live ammunition to break up demonstrations, as well as arresting protesters and opposition figures.

The crackdown has drawn global criticism, with countries like Britain, Norway, Canada and the United States warning Khartoum that its actions could "have an impact" on its relations with their governments.

Repeated shortages of food and fuel have been reported in several cities, including Khartoum, while the costs of foods and medicines have more than doubled.

Bashir and other officials have blamed Washington for Sudan's economic woes.

In a strongly-worded statement, Sudan's National Commission for Human Rights slammed the attack on the Omdurman hospital and called for a swift investigation into the deaths of citizens.

Sudanese security forces clashed with protesters in three cities on Sunday as demonstrations against Omar Al Bashir's rule continued for a fourth week, witnesses said.

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