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Washington imposes sanctions on 3 former Sudanese officials

On Monday, the United States announced the imposition of sanctions on 3 Sudanese officials from the former regime of Omar al-Bashir, “for their role in undermining peace, security, and stability in Sudan.”

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that the officials included in the sanctions imposed by the Treasury Department were Muhammad Atta al-Mawla Abbas, Taha Othman Ahmed al-Hussein, and Salah Abdullah Muhammad Salah, also known as Salah Gosh.

He pointed out that these individuals participated in activities that undermine peace, security and stability in Sudan.

He explained that Al-Mawla and Gosh are former security officials who worked to restore elements of the former regime to power and undermine efforts to establish a civilian government, while Taha worked to facilitate the delivery of military support and other materials from external sources to the Rapid Support Forces.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that this measure strengthens “our efforts to undermine those who are fueling the conflict and obstructing the aspirations of the Sudanese people for peace and civilian and democratic rule.”

He stressed that the United States will continue to use the tools at its disposal to disrupt the ability of the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces to prolong this war, and to hold accountable those responsible for deepening the conflict or obstructing the return to civilian government.

He also stressed that the United States is also committed to promoting accountability for those responsible for atrocities committed in the conflict.

“We stand in solidarity with the people of Sudan and against those who commit human rights violations and destabilize the region,” he said. “The warring parties must comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law and we call on them to protect civilians, hold accountable those responsible for atrocities or other violations, allow unimpeded humanitarian access and negotiate an end to “Conflict.”

The Sudanese army dismissed former President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, after months of protests against him, to agree with civilians to share power for a temporary period, before turning against the civilian component and seizing power in October 2021.

Since mid-April, forces loyal to army commander Abdel Fattah al-Burhan have been waging a war with the Rapid Support Forces, led by his former deputy, Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, nicknamed “Hemedti.”

More than 10,000 people were killed as a result of the war, according to a tally issued by the ACLED organization. The United Nations says that 6.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes.

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2023-12-04 19:45:30

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