12:02 GMT16 January 2021
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    CAIRO (Sputnik) - Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) said that it had arrested several members of the military on accusations of using force to break up the weeks-long sit-in protest outside the Defence Ministry building in the capital of Khartoum.

    On Thursday, the Sudanese Health Ministry said that 46 people had been killed by the Sudanese military in a crackdown on anti-government protests.

    "A joint investigative commission has been created. It has already started working on the cases and has discovered preliminary evidence of the [accused military members'] guilt ... They have been placed under arrest and will soon be transferred to the judiciary authorities," TMC said in a statement.

    The council said it would release the final results of the investigation in 72 hours.

    READ MORE: Sudan's TMC Calls For Elections, Announces Formation of Caretaker Govt

    Long-standing popular protests in Sudan culminated in a military coup on April 11, when then-President Omar Bashir was overthrown and detained. TMC took over and pledged to organize a new presidential election within two years. The protesters have meanwhile remained in the streets demanding that the military yield power to a civilian authority.


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