US threatens Sudan with sanctions as Biden calls for end to escalating violence
The United States government has threatened sanctions against Sudan as it implored warring parties to seize hostilities and allow dialogue to end the current stalemate.
President Joe Biden has expressed concern over what he terms as an escalating situation even with a cease-fire currently in place.
Biden has said weeks of urban fighting in Sudan “must end” and authorized potential new sanctions against those responsible for the bloodshed.
“The violence taking place in Sudan is a tragedy — and it is a betrayal of the Sudanese people’s clear demand for civilian government and a transition to democracy,” he said in a statement. “It must end.”
Clashes between rival factions began on April 15 and have killed an estimated 700 people, mostly in Khartoum and Darfur, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project.
The chaos has sparked a large-scale evacuation of foreign citizens conducted by the militaries of several countries.
Biden said the bloodshed, “which has already stolen the lives of hundreds of civilians and began during the holy month of Ramadan, is unconscionable.”
The United States joins “the peace-loving people of Sudan and leaders around the world in calling for a durable ceasefire between the belligerent parties.”
Biden also signed an executive order on Thursday that broadens the authority to impose sanctions on those responsible, although it does not name potential targets.
In his statement, Biden said those facing the sanctions are “individuals responsible for threatening the peace, security, and stability of Sudan; undermining Sudan’s democratic transition; using violence against civilians; or committing serious human rights abuses.”
Meanwhile, The UK said Thursday it had ended its evacuation efforts from Sudan after extracting more than 2,450 people on dozens of flights during an eight-day operation.
The foreign office said the last of 30 flights in that period departed late Wednesday from the eastern city of Port Sudan, “concluding the longest and largest evacuation of any Western nation”.
It added that the “vast majority” of those airlifted out of the war-torn East African country were British citizens and their dependents.
More than 1,200 people from other nations, including the US, Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, Germany and Australia, were also taken out.
The UK government has repeatedly denied abandoning anyone in Sudan after it was accused by opposition parties of an initially sluggish response to the crisis there and repeating the mistakes of its chaotic 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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