Sudan suspends schools after student killings

2019-07-30

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Sudan’s authorities have ordered all schools nationwide to suspend classes indefinitely amid mass student demonstrations over the shooting dead of five people at a rally.

A military council directive says their doors should remain closed from Wednesday, the state news agency said.

Protesters gathered in cities including the capital Khartoum following the killing of the protesters on Monday.

Four of those who died in North Kordofan state were school students.

Dozens more were injured after snipers opened fire on a protest in al-Obeid over fuel and bread shortages.

Demonstrators accused paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF of carrying out the shootings.

Late on Tuesday, the authorities ordered the school closures.

“Orders have been given to governors of all states to shut kindergartens, primary and high schools from tomorrow (Wednesday until further notice,” the official Suna news agency reported.