The U.S. Wednesday sanctioned Sudan RSF high-ranking militia leader Abdelrahim Hamdan Dagalo for alleged human rights abuses including massacres and sexual violence. The conflict has worsened a humanitarian crisis that has internally displaced 7.1 million Sudanese. Pictured is a pro-government rally against the RSF April 20 in Al Qadarif city. File Photo by Sudan News Agency | License Photo

U.S. sanctions Sudan RSF militia leader for human rights abuses including massacres

By Doug Cunningham

Sept. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Treasury Department Wednesday sanctioned Abdelrahim Hamdan Dagalo, the leader of Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces, for alleged human rights abuses including massacres and sexual violence.

According to Treasury, the RSF has committed massacres and ethnic killings as well as sexual violence in a civil war with Sudanese Armed Forces that erupted April 15. The U.N. called for an immediate end to the war in order to deliver humanitarian aid to millions of people.

“Today’s action demonstrates Treasury’s commitment to hold accountable those responsible for serious and extensive human rights abuses in Sudan,” Brian E. Nelson, undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement. “The United States urges both sides of the conflict to cease the hostilities and violence perpetuating Sudan’s dire humanitarian crisis.”

Abdelrahim is a high-ranking leader of the RSF. He’s the brother of RSF Commander Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

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