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US imposes sanctions on Hamas' envoy to Iran, IRGC trainers

The sanctions targeting Hamas and its benefactors in Iran followed the Pentagon's announcement of airstrikes targeting Iran-linked facilities in eastern Syria.
Members of Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement, march in Gaza City on May 22, 2021, in commemoration of senior Hamas commander Bassem Issa who was killed along with other militants in Israeli airstrikes last week.

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury Department on Friday announced a second round of sanctions targeting Hamas, including its liaison to Tehran as well as members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who helped train the Palestinian militant group. 

The sanctions were announced hours after US military aircraft carried out airstrikes on two facilities in eastern Syria used by the IRGC and affiliated groups, the Pentagon said, following a series of drone and missile attacks targeting US bases in the region. 

The Treasury Department said the latest sanctions, which come nearly three weeks after Hamas carried out its deadly attacks on Israel, “underscore the critical role Iran plays in providing financial, logistical and operational support to Hamas.” 

US officials say Iran is broadly complicit in the Oct. 7 attacks due to the support it provides Hamas, but they do not have evidence suggesting Tehran played a direct role in the planning. 

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