Payam Javan: In response to Hamas’s brutal assault on Israel, the U.S. Treasury Department has announced a new round of sanctions targeting individuals and organizations linked to the terrorist group. These sanctions, unveiled on October 27, expand the list of targeted entities, including a Hamas representative in Iran and members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
The U.S. aims to dismantle Hamas’s funding networks and prevent the group from exploiting the international financial system. The sanctions also highlight Iran’s significant role in supporting Hamas financially, logistically, and operationally. The move follows Hamas’s massacre in southern Israel on October 7, prompting Israel’s declaration of war and an ongoing counteroffensive targeting Hamas in Gaza.
Israel Defense Forces report at least 224 people still held hostage by Hamas. President Joe Biden, during his visit to Israel, pledged continued U.S. support for Israel’s mission to eliminate Hamas and expressed commitment to securing the safe release of hostages.
The sanctions freeze U.S.-based assets of those targeted and block certain transactions with them, demonstrating the United States’ determination to disrupt Hamas’s financial activities.