"The coup produced serious challenges against Hamas"
Official: Sudan seizes properties, companies 'support Hamas'
According to Reuters, Sudanese authorities have taken control of profitable assets that are claimed to have supplied financial support to Hamas.
The capture of at least a dozen enterprises tied to Hamas, according to officials, has aided Sudan's realignment with the West following the fall of President Omar Al-Bashir in 2019. Over the last year, Khartoum has been removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism (SST) and is on track to receive debt relief totaling more than $50 billion.
According to Sudanese and Palestinian observers, Hamas has lost a foreign base where members and sympathizers may dwell, collect cash, and channel weapons and funds to the Gaza Strip.
The scope of the networks is demonstrated by seized assets disclosed by Sudanese state sources and a Western intelligence source.
They include real estate, firm shares, a hotel in a prestigious Khartoum location, an exchange bureau, a TV station, and more than a million acres of farmland, according to officials from a task group formed to demolish the Bashir government.
According to Wagdi Salih, a key member of the task force – the Committee to Dismantle the June 30, 1989 Regime and Recover Public Funds – Sudan has become a center for money laundering and terrorism financing.
He described the system as "a big cover, a big umbrella, both within and outwardly."
According to a Western intelligence source, procedures familiar in organized crime were adopted in Sudan: companies were led by trustee shareholders, rentals were collected in cash, and transfers were conducted through exchange bureaux.
Al-Bashir publicly supported Hamas and maintained cordial relations with its leaders.
They were granted special treatment in tenders, tax breaks, and unrestricted transfers to Hamas and Gaza," stated a task force member who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Under US pressure, Sudan agreed to normalize relations with Israel last year, joining the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
According to a veteran US diplomat who worked on Sudan during the Trump administration, shutting down the Hamas network was a priority in talks with Khartoum. "We were pushing against an open door," he explained.
According to one Sudanese source and one Western intelligence source, the US provided Sudan with a list of enterprises to shut down. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.
According to Sudanese researcher Magdi El Gazouli, Sudan's transitional leaders "consider themselves the exact antithesis of Bashir in regional terms." "They aim to position themselves as part of the region's new security order."
"The coup against Al-Bashir produced serious challenges for Hamas and Iran," Palestinian scholar Adnan Abu Amer stated. "Hamas and Iran were forced to seek alternatives — possibilities that had not previously existed because the coup against Al-Bashir was unexpected."