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Sudan security continues questioning of striking medics

November 21 - 2016 KHARTOUM
Striking doctors in Khartoum (file photo)
Striking doctors in Khartoum (file photo)

Agents of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) continue to detain and question striking medics.

Dr Ayoub Hassanein, member of the Sudanese Doctors’ Central Committee (SDCC), was held in Khartoum on Saturday. He was released again after having been questioned about the organisation of the strike, the Committee reported in a press statement on Sunday.

Dr Shakir Zein was taken from his clinic on Saturday evening and released after being held for hours.

The statement also pointed to the detention of doctor Sarah Feisal on Thursday. Her whereabouts are still unknown.

Medics in 75 state hospitals and clinics across the country are striking three ways a week since mid November. They demand protection while working, a pay rise, and better working conditions.

The SDCC called the three-days-a-week strike “a success”. During these three days, the striking doctors only perform life-saving and emergency services.

According to the Doctors’ Committee, 13 doctors are now held incommunicado in NISS offices in Khartoum. Many others are summoned to appear in the morning at a security office on a daily basis. After questioning, they are allowed to leave the office again in the evening.


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