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Sudan said to seize assets of Hamas-linked firms

Then-Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, right, meets with then-Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir in Khartoum, Sudan, August 2008. (AP/Abd Raouf)
Then-Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, right, meets with then-Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir in Khartoum, Sudan, August 2008. (AP/Abd Raouf)

Authorities in Sudan have seized at least 12 companies Hamas-linked companies, Reuters reports.

The news agency describes the seizures as part of an effort by Sudan to move toward the West after the overthrow of longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in effect denying a safe haven for Hamas operatives to raise funds and move Iranian arms to Gaza.

Quoting officials in a taskforce involved in dismantling the Bashir regime, the report says that the confiscated assets — which it describes as “lucrative” — include real estate company shares, a hotel in a Khartoum, a television station and over a million acres in farmland, among others.

“They got preferential treatment in tenders, tax forgiveness, and they were allowed to transfer to Hamas and Gaza with no limits,” a task force member tells Reuters, on the condition of anonymity.

An unnamed source in Sudan’s ruling sovereignty council confirms the seizures to Israel’s Kan public broadcaster and says that all of the Gaza-ruling terror group’s assets in the country were confiscated.

The source also says that Sudanese authorities intend to seize any future assets belonging to Hamas.

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