US Imposes New Sanctions on Hamas, IRGC, Other Terror Groups

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a briefing on terrorism financing at the White House, Sept. 10, 2019 (Photo: AP)

The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a “wide range of terrorists and their supporters,” including Hamas and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The sanctions were imposed on 15 leaders, individuals, and entities affiliated with groups such as Hamas, al Qaeda, Islamic State, and the IRGC, the US Treasury Department said in a statement.

The sanctions follow a counter-terrorism executive order by President Donald Trump.

The order “enhances the authorities we use to target the finances of terror groups and their leaders to ensure they are as robust as possible,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, 

Among those sanctioned are Muhammad Izad, a leader with the IRGC based in Lebanon, who is identified as the Palestinian office chief for IRGC ­Quds Force's Lebanon Corp. Also under sanctions is Zaher Jabarin, based in Turkey, who is the head of Hamas’s finance office, the US said.

Other sanctioned leaders include Marwan Issa, deputy commander of the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the operational arm of Hamas; Muhammad al-Hindi, deputy secretary general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad; Baha’ Abu al-‘Ata, a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Higher Military Council, and a commander of the Gaza and North Battalion in the Al-Quds Brigade; and Ali Karaki, a senior leader within Hezbollah’s Jihad Council, which was allegedly responsible for military operations in southern Lebanon.

Also on the list is the company Redin Exchange, which the department said provided money to Hamas’ militant arm, the Ezzedine Al Qassam Brigades. Redin’s leaders, Marwan Al Rawi and Ismael Tash, were designated individually. 

Other companies sanctioned include the Saksouk Company for Exchange and Money Transfer, Al Haram Foreign Exchange and Al Khalidi Exchange, which were accused of supporting ISIS.


[Sources: Reuters, The National, JNS]