US targets Hamas with sanctions for 2nd time this week
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has targeted several Hamas officials with U.S. sanctions for the second time this week.
The Treasury Department’s action puts Hamas politician Salih al-Aruri and two Saudi-based financial officers on the agency’s terrorism blacklist. Also added are the Saudi-based Asyaf International Holding Group and an Egyptian money exchange owner accused of transferring tens of millions of dollars for Hamas and its military wing in the Gaza Strip.
Any assets the men own in the U.S. are now frozen; Americans are banned from doing business with them.
Sanctions point-man Adam Szubin said Thursday the department was “committed to exposing and weakening Hamas, its supporters and its terrorist agenda.”
Two days ago, the State Department designated a Hezbollah spokesman and three Hamas military leaders as global terrorists.