The United States announces sanctions on a group of 10 Hamas members and a financial network due to the Israeli attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions on a group of 10 Hamas members and the Palestinian militant organization’s financial network in Gaza, Sudan, Turkey, Algeria and Qatar in response to terrorist attacks. The surprise attack on Israel Which left more than 1,000 people dead or kidnapped.
President Joe Bidenwho arrived in the Middle East late Tuesday to show support for Israel, tried to calm tensions in the escalating war between Israel and Hamas, but those efforts faced massive setbacks, including a deadly attack. Explosion in a hospital in Gaza Which killed about 500 people.
The sanctions imposed by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Wednesday target members who manage a Hamas investment portfolio, a Qatar-based financial facilitator with close ties to the Iranian regime, a key Hamas leader, and a virtual currency exchange in Gaza.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the United States is “taking swift and decisive action to target Hamas’ financiers and facilitators in the wake of the brutal and unconscionable massacre it has committed against Israeli civilians, including children.”
She said: “The US Treasury has a long history of effectively disrupting terrorist financing and we will not hesitate to use our tools against Hamas.”
Brian Nelson, US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Illicit Finance, said at the Deloitte Anti-Money Laundering Conference on Tuesday that the United States is renewing its plans to go after Hamas’ sources of financing, and called on America’s allies and the private sector to do the same. Or “Be prepared to suffer the consequences.”
“We cannot, and will not, tolerate the flow of funds through the international system on behalf of Hamas’ terrorist activities,” Nelson said.
He said: “We want to partner with all countries and financial entities willing to stop funding Hamas, but to the extent that any institution or judicial authority fails to take appropriate action, it must be prepared to bear the consequences.”
Muhammad Deif, the mysterious leader of the military wing of Hamas, said that the October 7 attack on Israel came in response to the ongoing siege of Gaza for 16 years, Israeli raids inside West Bank cities over the past year, and an increase in settler attacks on Palestinians and residents. Growth of settlements, among other reasons.
The guest, who does not appear in public, said in the recorded message: “I have had enough.” He said the attack was just the beginning of what he called Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, and called on Palestinians from East Jerusalem to northern Israel to join the fight.
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