Sudan: El Burhan Freezes RSF Bank Accounts Amidst Ongoing Clashes in Sudan

Khartoum — Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan issued a number of decrees yesterday, for the first time since the outbreak of the war. One decree officially freezes the bank accounts of the SAF’s enemy in the current clashes, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Sudan has witnessed unrest and fierce battles since the outbreak of an armed conflict between the army and the RSF in mid-April. Little official decisions have been made since.

A statement by El Burhan’s office stated that the first decree freezes “the bank accounts of the Rapid Support Forces and its subsidiaries in all banks in Sudan and their branches abroad”.

The decision seeks to “prevent the disbursement of any entitlements or budgets allocated to it”.

El Burhan directed the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the Bank of Sudan to implement the decision.

El Burhan also replaced the governor of the Central Bank of Sudan, Hussein Yahya Jangoul, with Bur’i El Siddig Ahmed (one of Jangoul’s deputies).

The SAF commander further issued a decree to refer four army officers to retirement: Maj Osman Hamid, Maj Hasan Mahjoub, Brig Abasher, and Brig Omar Hamdan.

The RSF seem to not have issued any official response to the new decrees so far. It has, however, publically condemned recent attacks on mosques and churches.

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