US Sanctions Sudanese Firms For Fuelling War
The US government has issued sanctions against four Sudanese companies and several individuals for fuelling the war between rival military forces.
It said the sanctions would cut off key financial flows to the army and the Rapid Support Forces, RSF who get a lot of their funding from the country’s gold mines.
“These measures are intended to hold accountable those responsible for undermining the peace, security, and stability of Sudan,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement.
The Treasury Department said in a statement that four companies are being designated: Al Junaid Multi Activities Co. Ltd., which is controlled by RSF Commander, Mohamed Dagalo and his brother RSF Deputy Commander, Abdul Dagalo; Tradive General Trading LLC, a front company controlled by RSF Major, Algoney Dagalo, who also is a brother of the RSF commander; Sudan’s largest defense company, Defense Industries System; and the arms company Sudan Master Technology, which is linked to the SAF.
“Through sanctions, we are cutting off key financial flows to both the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces, depriving them of resources needed to pay soldiers, rearm, resupply, and wage war in Sudan,” Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen said.
“The United States stands on the side of civilians against those who perpetuate violence towards the people of Sudan,” he said.
Meanwhile, seven weeks of conflict have forced close to 1.5 million people from their homes.
On Wednesday at least 18 civilians were killed during fighting between the rival military forces at a market in southern Khartoum.