The US Department of the Treasury announced on Wednesday sanctions against ten “key members of Hamas”, agents and people participating in financing the activities of the Palestinian Islamist group, based in Gaza, but also in Sudan, Turkey, Algeria and Qatar. .
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“The United States is taking swift and decisive action to target Hamas’ financiers and supporters following the brutal and unconscionable massacre of Israeli civilians, including children,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement. reference to the deadly Hamas attack on October 7 on Israeli territory.
More than 1,400 people have died in Israel since the start of the war, most of them civilians killed on the day of the Hamas attack, which also kidnapped 199 people according to the Israeli army.
Israel responded with an intense campaign of strikes on the Gaza Strip and at least 3,478 Palestinians were killed, according to local authorities.
The American sanctions, which target in particular “members managing Hamas investment portfolios”, were announced at a time when American President Joe Biden is visiting Israel.
They target, among others, a financial agent based in Qatar “close to Iran” as well as those responsible for a cryptocurrency base located in Gaza.
One of the military leaders of the Al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, accused of having participated in “coordination with separate Palestinian factions of attacks on Israel” is also concerned, but presumed dead after an airstrike.
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“These investment networks are run by the highest-ranking members of the Hamas leadership and allow them to live in luxury while Palestinians in Gaza face very difficult economic and living conditions,” the department added. of the Treasury.
To date, U.S. authorities have taken sanctions against “nearly 1,000 individuals or organizations with ties to terrorism or the financing of terrorism by the Iranian regime or related organizations, including Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups terrorists affiliated with Iran in the region.
The sanctions provide in particular for the freezing of assets, held directly or indirectly, of the persons concerned in the United States and the prohibition for any American person or entity or entity carrying out operations with the American dollar from carrying out transactions with the sanctioned persons.