Palestinian fighters from the armed wing of Hamas take part in a military parade to mark the anniversary of the 2014 war with Israel, near the border in the central Gaza Strip, on July 19, 2023. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/File photo

The United States and Britain on Wednesday imposed an additional round of sanctions on people in Turkey and elsewhere who are linked to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, the U.S. Treasury Department said.

The sanctions target eight officials who promote Hamas' agenda and interests abroad and help manage its finances, the Treasury said in a statement.

“Hamas continues to rely heavily on networks of well-placed officials and affiliates, exploiting seemingly permissive jurisdictions to target fundraising campaigns to benefit the group and channeling these illicit proceeds to support its military activities in Gaza,” said Brian Nelson, Undersecretary of the Treasury. for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

Several of the Hamas officials targeted were based in Turkey, including one of the group's main financial agents in the country, Haroun Mansour Yaqoub Nasser Al-Din, the Treasury said.

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Haroun Nasser Al-Din was involved in a network that transferred money from Turkey and Gaza to the Hamas command center in the West Bank city of Hebron, he said, and helped subsidize Hamas' activities to increase unrest in the West Bank.

Nelson traveled to Oman and Turkey in late November to work on U.S. efforts to deny Hamas and other groups the ability to raise and move funds.

It was the fourth round of US sanctions on the Palestinian militant group following its deadly incursion into Israel on October 7, which Israel says killed 1,200 people. Israel's subsequent military retaliation killed 18,000 people in Gaza, local health officials say.

In coordinated actions on Wednesday, Britain's Foreign Office said it had sanctioned seven additional people linked to Hamas, including Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Zahar and Ali Baraka, Hamas's head of foreign affairs who was also sanctioned by the U.S.

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The UK sanctions also target a leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group and figures in the financial network that supports Hamas, including individuals in Lebanon and Algeria.

“Hamas cannot have a future in Gaza. Today’s sanctions on Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad will continue to cut off their access to funding and further isolate them,” said British Foreign Secretary David Cameron.

It was the second round of British sanctions against Hamas since the October 7 attacks.

The sanctions actions block all properties and interests owned by the designated persons in the United States and Great Britain, as well as transactions involving the targeted individuals.

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Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters the sanctions were unjustified and Hamas later said they were based on false allegations.

“We once again call on the American administration and the British government to review their aggressive policies towards our Palestinian people,” Hamas said in a statement.

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen welcomed the latest sanctions and called on other countries to follow suit, “as only an uncompromising and persistent struggle will lead to the collapse of the Hamas government.”

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Others cited by the United States include Ismail Musa Ahmad Barhum, who helped raise money from global fundraising for Hamas' Finance Ministry accounts, the Treasury Department said, and Jihad Muhammad Shaker Yaghmour, Hamas' official representative in Turkey.

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The sanctions targeted Mehmet Kaya, also based in Turkey, due to his involvement in multiple money transfers on behalf of Hamas, “ultimately providing tens of millions of dollars in financial services to Hamas,” it said.