EU Imposes Asset Freeze and Travel Ban on Six Individuals Linked to Hamas

On Friday, the European Union implemented asset freezes and travel bans on six individuals with alleged ties to Hamas, utilizing a new sanctions framework specifically targeting the Palestinian terrorist group. Despite Hamas already being classified as a terrorist organization by the EU, the decision to establish a distinct legal framework followed the group’s lethal attack in southern Israel on October 7.

The Council of the European Union, representing the bloc’s member states, stated that the list of sanctioned individuals could be expanded to include “all those who support, materially or financially,” not only Hamas but also Islamic Jihad, another Islamist terrorist group primarily operating in the Gaza Strip, which was involved in the October assault.

The Individuals Sanctioned by the Council  

The Council has sanctioned individuals including Abdelbasit Hamza Elhassan Mohamed Khair, based in Sudan, Nabil Chouman, his son Khaled Chouman, Rida Ali Khamis, Musa Dudin, and Aiman Ahmad Al Duwaik, residing in Algeria. Reasons for sanctioning include involvement in arms trading, support for actions undermining Israel’s stability or security, and engagement in serious breaches of humanitarian law or human rights.

According to a press release, the new sanctions framework will be in effect until January 19, 2025, subject to regular review, and may be renewed or amended as deemed necessary by the Council.

Earlier on Friday, a senior EU official stated that the initial group of individuals facing sanctions was connected to providing financial support to the Hamas group.

Hamas, recognized as a terrorist organization by both the EU and the United States, has reportedly established a covert network of companies managing $500 million in investments across various countries, as disclosed by the U.S. Treasury.

In a separate development, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell accused Israel on Friday of having financed the creation of Hamas over the past years, publicly contradicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has consistently denied such allegations.

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