What does lifting of US sanctions against Sudan mean?

A photo taken on October 2, 2017 shows a fruit seller laying out grapes and organising produce at a shop in the Sudanese capital's twin city of Omdurman. (AFP)
Updated 06 October 2017
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What does lifting of US sanctions against Sudan mean?

KHARTOUM: The United States on Friday brought to an end a raft sanctions imposed against Sudan in 1997 over Khartoum’s alleged support to Islamist militant groups.
What does the lifting of the trade embargo actually mean?
- With the removing of the sanctions, all international banking transactions will be permitted with Sudan, and American individuals and companies can now process transactions involving counterparts in Sudan
- US individuals can engage in imports and exports that were previously prohibited under the sanctions
- US persons can engage in transactions involving property in which the government of Sudan has an interest
- As a result of the lifting of the embargo, all property and interests in property blocked pursuant to the sanctions regulations will be unblocked.
- All trade between the United States and Sudan that was previously prohibited will be authorized.
- All transactions by US persons relating to the petroleum or petrochemical industries in Sudan that were previously prohibited will be authorized, including oilfield services and oil and gas pipelines.
- US individuals will no longer be prohibited from facilitating transactions between Sudan and third countries, to the extent previously prohibited by the embargo.
- The lifting of the embargo does not mean that Sudan will be taken out of US Department of State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.
- A separate set of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council related to the conflict in Darfur also continues. That embargo primarily prevents the supply of arms and related materials to actors operating in Darfur.


Palestinians say one killed as Israeli troops fire on Gaza protest

Updated 20 September 2018
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Palestinians say one killed as Israeli troops fire on Gaza protest

  • The border between Gaza and Israel has been the scene of weekly Palestinian demonstrations since March 30
  • The Israeli army says it is defending its border against rioting protesters who have sought to breach the fence and enter Israel

GAZA: Israeli forces opened fire during a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, killing a Palestinian youth, the Palestinian health ministry said.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops came under attack on the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip, stones and firebombs were thrown at them and they responded with “riot dispersal means.” Live rounds were fired according to “open-fire regulations,” she said.
Ashraf Al-Qidra, a spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry, said 15-year-old Moamen Ibrahim Abu Eyada was shot dead by Israeli soldiers east of the town of Rafah, which lies at the southern end of the Gaza Strip and borders Egypt.
The border between Gaza and Israel has been the scene of weekly Palestinian demonstrations since March 30 and protests have recently taken place late at night, as was the case on Wednesday.
The Israeli military said earlier there had been several incidents along the Gaza-Israel border on Wednesday “with the participation of hundreds of rioters” who rolled burning tires and hurled firebombs and rocks at soldiers. It said there were no Israeli casualties.
At least 182 Palestinians have been killed in the protests, according to Palestinian health officials.
The Israeli army says it is defending its border against rioting protesters who have sought to breach the fence and enter Israel.
Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders and has fought three wars there in the past decade against Hamas Islamist militants who control the territory.
With Egypt, Israel has imposed a blockade that the World Bank says has brought Gaza’s economy to crisis, leaving its 2 million people with limited access to health care, clean water and electricity.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since 2014.