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US Treasury sanctions financial operatives affiliated with Hamas

(JNS) Some of the money men who helped fuel the Oct. 7 murderous assault across Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip have been sanctioned by the U.S. federal government.

On Wednesday, October 18, the Treasury Department announced sanctions against “10 key Hamas terrorist group members, operatives and financial facilitators in Gaza and elsewhere, including Sudan, Turkey, Algeria and Qatar.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “today’s actions are directed at Hamas terrorists and their support network, not Palestinians. Hamas alone is responsible for the carnage its militants have inflicted on the people of Israel, and it should immediately release all hostages in its custody.”

Sanctions have been put in place against Musa Muhammad Salim Dudin, a Hamas spokesman and negotiator; and Abdelbasit Hamza Elhassan Mohamed Khair (Hamza,) a financier in Sudan who has managed businesses in Hamas’s investment network.

The Treasury Department also named a group of four men networked across Turkey and Algeria who managed investment portfolios for Hamas: Amer Kamal Sharif Alshawa (Alshawa); Ahmed Sadu Jahleb (Jahleb); Aiman Ahmad Al-Duwaik (al-Duwaik); and Walid Mohammed Mustafa Jadallah (Jadallah.)

The West Bank-based cryptocurrency business Buy Cash Money and Money Transfer Company received sanctions, as did its operator Ahmed M. M. Alaqad (Alaqad.)

“The United States is taking swift and decisive action to target Hamas’s financiers and facilitators following its brutal and unconscionable massacre of Israeli civilians, including children,” said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

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