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Sudan revokes Meshaal's citizenship

Former leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaalin in Cape Town, South Africa on 21 October 2015 [RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images]
Key leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, seen in Cape Town, South Africa on 21 October 2015 [RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images]

Sudan has revoked the citizenship of the former leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, along with more than 3,500 other foreign-born individuals. Such citizenships were granted to "influential personalities" by the regime of former President Omar Al-Bashir, local media have reported.

Earlier this week, the Sudanese authorities also suspended all visa-free entry procedures for Syrians and other. They must all now obtain a visa prior to arriving at the border. Critics say that this is due to the country turning towards Western-style secularism.

The Sudanese have taken these steps following the country's removal from the US list of states which support terrorism. This was a condition of Sudan's normalisation with the occupation state of Israel.

Al-Bashir was removed from power following several months of violent anti-regime protests in 2019. A special committee was formed to examine the passports issued during Al-Bashir's time in office after allegations surfaced that some were being sold for $10,000 to $15,000 each.

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