Sudan crisis: Military raid death toll surges to 60

Jun 05, 2019, 2:02 AM EDT
(Source: Brasil de Fato/flickr)
(Source: Brasil de Fato/flickr)

The number of people killed in a brutal offensive launched by the Sudanese military in the capital Khartoum on Monday has crossed 60, according to the figures shared by an opposition doctors’ group.

The bloody assault by Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC) forces drew  international condemnation, but China and Russia on Tuesday blocked an attempt by the U.K. and Germany at the U.N. Security Council, which would have called on the Sudanese military to immediate halt violence and work out a peaceful solution to transition to democracy, notes Al Jazeera.

The TMC has already canceled all its agreements with the principal opposition coalition and announced that it will hold elections within nine months. Sudan’s crisis lays bare the reality of international politics that allows forces to operate with impunity if they hold value to other powers, writes the BBC. The unfolding violence and the brazenness of the Sudanese military proves that “international pressure” in the times of a fragmented world is a myth.