US President Joe Biden has issued an executive order to allow the imposition of sanctions on Sudan in an effort to bring an end to the ongoing conflict.
Biden called the violence in Sudan a tragedy and a betrayal to the Sudanese people, stating that it posed an extraordinary and exceptional threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.
According to Avril Haines, the Director of National Intelligence, the conflict is expected to be prolonged since both sides believe they could win militarily, with limited incentives to engage in negotiations.
Despite the most recent ceasefire, fighting has continued in the capital Khartoum, as well as in the adjacent cities of Omdurman and Bahri.
The World Food Programme (WFP) estimated that over $13 million worth of food aid that was intended for Sudan has been looted since the outbreak of fighting last month. WFP reported that looting is widespread across the country.
The situation is becoming catastrophic, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), with children increasingly becoming victims of the conflict.