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Britain Sanctions Companies Linked to Sudan's Warring Forces

FILE —A Sudanese national flag is attached to a machine gun by Rapid Support Forces (RSF) soldiers as they wait for the arrival of Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

Britain Wednesday announced the imposition of sanctions on businesses linked to Sudanese military groups behind the ongoing conflict in the Northeast African nation.

A statement released Wednesday by British authorities said six commercial entities linked to the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and their rival paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been sanctioned for the three-month long war that has witnessed over 3 million people facing displacement.

Sanctioned companies associated with the RSF include Al-Junaid, which Britain said has provided “at least tens of millions in financial backing for the militia,” GSK Advance Company Ltd, and Tradive General Trading.

Defense Industries Systems, Sudan Master Technology and a unit of DIS, Zadna International Company for Investment Ltd, were targeted as entities associated with the SAF, read Britain’s statement.

James Cleverly, Britain’s foreign minister, said his government will continue supporting efforts focused on bringing peace to Sudan.

"We simply cannot afford to sit-by and watch as money from these companies, all funding the RSF or SAF is spent on a senseless conflict," Cleverly said.

"We will continue to do all we can to support a meaningful peace process, stop the violence and secure free humanitarian access," Cleverly added.

The British sanctions come amid reports by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project documenting approximately 3,000 people dying from the violence between the RSF and SAF.

In the latest fighting, some 230,000 people have fled Darfur to neighboring Chad, where the UN's World Food Programme has reported "high rates of malnutrition among children" who have escaped Sudan’s war.

Information for this report was sourced from Agence France-Presse and Reuters.