Sudan’s military general freezes bank accounts of rival RSF

Chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan of Sudan’s army, has issued a directive to freeze the bank accounts of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) group and its affiliated companies.

In a number of decrees, Burhan also retired four military officers linked to the group.

One of the affected officers is Brig Gen Omar Hamdan Ahmed – a relative of RSF commander Gen Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, who is currently heading a delegation of the paramilitary force for peace talks with Sudan’s army’s.

Burhan also sacked central bank governor Hussain Yahia Jankol and appointed Borai El Siddiq in his place.

However he did not provide a reason for Jankol’s sacking.

Despite several ceasefires and talks in Saudi Arabia to broker peace between the Sudanese army and the RSF, air strikes continued in the capital, Khartoum.

“There were heavy air strikes near us in Saliha that shook the doors of the house,” said Salma Yassin, a teacher in Omdurman.

At least 676 people have been killed and 5,576 wounded since the fighting began, the Federal Ministry of Health said. Many believe the real death toll to be much higher.

The warring sides signed a Declaration of Commitment to protect civilians and guarantee safe passage of humanitarian aid in the country on May 11, but they have continued to fight.

Several UN centres have also been looted, with about 17,000 metric tonnes of food being taken, the World Food Programme said.

More than 939,000 people have been displaced, the UN said on Sunday, including at least 450,000 children forced to flee their homes.

Sudan was home to 3.7 million internally displaced people before the conflict began.

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