US Moves to Disable Funding to Hamas

( – The United States expanded on October 27 its efforts to disable funding for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, after announcing another round of sanctions against organizations and individuals linked to it. The move came after the radical Islamist group launched a terrorist attack on Israel on October 7, which prompted the Israeli government to declare war against Hamas.

In a statement, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said that the second round of sanctions highlights the role of the Iranian regime in supporting Hamas. The agency added that Tehran is helping the terrorist group financially, operationally, and logistically. It also included an Iranian Hamas representative and some officials of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard of Iran.

These new sanctions were announced as US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo traveled to England to secure support from the United Kingdom to block funding for Hamas. London, which is one of Washington’s closest allies in Europe, also considers the Palestinian group a terrorist organization.

In a press conference, Adeyemo said that these actions showed the Biden administration’s commitment to dismantle the radical Islamic group’s “Funding networks.” He also told reporters that the United States took this step by working with global partners and deploying “counterterrorism sanctions” to deny Hamas’ chances to exploit the international financial system.

Some of the most notorious Iranian officials included in these sanctions were Mostafa Mohammad Khani and Morshed Shirazi. They are part of the Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force and were accused of assisting and training Hamas terrorists.

Another major Iranian official who was targeted by these sanctions was Khaled Qaddoumi. According to different reports, Biden administration officials described him as the main liaison between the Palestinian terrorist group and the Iranian regime.

Some of the organizations sanctioned included Iran’s Bonyad Shahid, which is a group that Biden administration officials said is affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The group has also been funneling millions of dollars through the Al-Ansar Charity Association for militants’ family members over the last few weeks.

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