US names Hamas commander as Specially Designated Global Terrorist

Hamas commander Abu Anas al-Ghandour has been named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. 

The US has added a commander in the Hamas terror organization to the list of Global Terrorists.

The State Department announced Thursday it has designated Abu Anas al-Ghandour as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.

As a consequence of this designation, US citizens are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions or dealings with Ghandour, and all of his property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction is frozen.

Al-Ghandour is a military commander for the Foreign Terrorist Organization and SDGT group, Hamas. He leads a Hamas brigade in Gaza and has been involved in many terrorist operations.

Al-Ghandour was involved in the 2006 attack on the IDF outpost at the Kerem Shalom border crossing, which killed two IDF soldiers and wounded four others, and led to the kidnapping of dual French-Israeli citizen, Gilad Shalit, who was released in the 2011 deal.

Al-Ghandour has also served on the Hamas Shura Council and political bureau.

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“Today’s action notifies the US public and the international community that Ghandour has committed or poses a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system,” the State Department stated.

By: Aryeh Savir, World Israel News