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Key panels urge sanctions on Qatar, Turkey over Hamas

Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee want the Treasury Department to "take all necessary measures" to stop Qatari and Turkish support for Hamas.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (center, R) walks with The Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (center, L) during a welcoming ceremony at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip October 23, 2012. The Emir of Qatar embraced the Hamas leadership of Gaza on Tuesday with an official visit that broke the isolation of the Palestinian Islamist movement, to the dismay of Israel and rival, Western-backed Palestinian leaders. REUTERS/Mohammed Abed/Pool (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS) -

Two key House panels are stepping up their rhetoric against Qatar and Turkey and urging that the Treasury Department take "all necessary measures" against the two countries if they continue to support Hamas.

Leaders of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittees on terrorism and the Middle East are gathering signatures on a letter to the Treasury's top sanctions official praising his efforts to date but demanding his "immediate attention" to their request that more be done. The letter is expected to draw strong bipartisan support and has been in the works since the panels held a joint hearing on Hamas financing back in September, a committee source tells Al-Monitor.

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