Tear gas used to break up anti-government protests in Nairobi

Tear gas has been used to break up anti-government protests in Kenya following violent clashes over now abandoned tax rises.

Footage showed riot police on the streets of the capital, Nairobi, with clouds of tear gas billowing along a main road.

Kenyan television stations have also been showing peaceful protests, with people marching with palm fronds in Mombasa and Kisumu.

The protesters have rejected appeals from President William Ruto for talks, even after he abandoned proposed tax rises.

Dozens have been killed in clashes since 18 June - most of them shot by officers last week when protesters attempted to storm parliament to block politicians from voting on the increases.

Sky News' Africa correspondent, Yousra Elbagir, is at the scene and witnessed police efforts to disperse protesters.

She said: "We've seen the police fire tear gas directly at them. We've seen them arrest groups of young men, take them into trucks.

"We've also seen them beat people. But what they told us is that they'll keep coming back. They'll keep protesting."

A member of Kenya's opposition party told Sky News that they were abducted at 1am overnight but that they refuse to be cowed.

Mr Ruto last week withdrew the controversial finance bill, including new taxes, and said he intends to make budget cuts instead.

Protesters said the bill would have put yet more pressure on ordinary citizens and businesses trying to grapple with the high cost of living.

The government claimed it wanted to raise funds to pay off debt.