The United States is backing the United Nations in mounting pressure on the military regime in Sudan, as civil resistance against the coup intensifies.
The 15-member U.N. Security Council called for the restoration of Sudan’s civilian-led government toppled on Monday.
The U.S. President Joe Biden said the protesters enjoyed the sympathy and support of the United States.
“Together, our message to Sudan’s military authorities is overwhelming and clear: the Sudanese people must be allowed to protest peacefully and the civilian-led transitional government must be restored,” he said in a statement.
“The events of recent days are a grave setback, but the United States will continue to stand with the people of Sudan and their non-violent struggle,” said Biden.
The takeover led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, has resulted in the use of live and rubber bullets on protesters in Bahri, across the river from the capital Khartoum as nightly protests increased.
Medical sources said that the total of fatalities in four days is at least 11.
Sudan is in the midst of a deep economic crisis with record inflation and shortages of basics. Improvement relies on aid that Western donors say will end unless the coup is reversed.
Burhan has said he acted to prevent civil war and has promised elections in July 2023.
Western envoys had warned Burhan that assistance, including a now frozen $700 million in U.S. aid and $2 billion from the World Bank, would cease if he consummated power.
Burhan apparently enjoys the backing of Russia, and the support of the Sudanese military elite.