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Palestinians urge Sudan to hand over confiscated assets

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Palestinians urge Sudan to hand over confiscated assets
Palestinians urge Sudan to hand over confiscated assets   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p>By Nidal al-Mughrabi</p> <p><span class="caps">GAZA</span> – The Palestinian Authority urged Sudan’s government on Saturday to hand over assets it has seized as part of a crackdown targeting Sudan-based operations to fund the Palestinian militant group Hamas.</p> <p>Sudan was long an ally of Hamas under former President Omar al-Bashir, but since he was overthrown in 2019, Sudanese authorities have taken control of investments and companies they say channelled funding to the Islamist group for years. </p> <p>“We hope that the state of #Sudan, which has always been a supporter (people and a government) to #Palestine, to hand over the movable and immovable funds that were confiscated to the State of Palestine and its Government,” Hussein Al-Sheikh, a senior Palestinian official close to President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Twitter.</p> <p>Hamas – a bitter rival of Abbas – said on Friday it had no links to companies and individuals targeted by Sudan’s crackdown, saying the seized assets belonged to Palestinian investors and businesses.</p> <p>In Khartoum, a senior official in the taskforce overseeing government-led asset seizures did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p> <p>The taskforce has said it does not seize legitimate private property but rather retrieves public property that was misappropriated during Bashir’s long rule.</p> <p>Hamas is designated by the West as a terrorist organisation, and Sudan’s takeover of at least a dozen companies that officials say were linked to Hamas has helped accelerate its realignment with Western governments since Bashir’s overthrow. </p> <p>Over the past year, Khartoum has won removal from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism (<span class="caps">SST</span>) list and is on course for relief of more than $50 billion in debt.</p> <p>At the same time, Hamas has lost a foreign base where members and supporters could live, raise money, and channel Iranian weapons and funds to the Gaza Strip, according to Sudanese and Palestinian analysts.</p> <p/> </div>