Sudan troops besiege protest camp, 5 reported killed

Sudanese security forces moved against a protest sit-in camp in the capital on Monday, besieging the site, torching tents and clashing with activists, said witnesses and protest leaders.

Gunfire and explosions were heard, and smoke rose from the area.

At least five people were killed and more than 200 wounded, many by gunfire, according the Sudan Doctors’ Committee and a hospital doctor.

“Wounded people are lying on the ground the receon area as there are not enough beds,” said Azza al-Kamel, a doctor at the Royal Care hospital near the sprawling sit-in area outside the military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.

Protest leaders urged supporters to rush to the site, and called for civil disobedience. The embassies of the United States and Britain expressed concern about reported attacks on civilians.

Sudan’s ruling military council confirmed clashes erupted between troops and protesters. Shams al-Deen al-Kabashi, a spokesman for the council, said in televised remarks that the military was tar