Hamas 'undeterred' by US terror designation

Terror group blasts US decision to impose sanctions on Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as 'failed attempt to pressure the resistance.'


Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail Haniyeh
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The US decision to put the head of the Hamas terror group on its terror blacklist on Wednesday will not deter the group's "resistance" to Israel, the group said.

"The American decision to include (Ismail) Haniyeh on the terrorist list is a failed attempt to pressure the resistance," said the group that runs the Gaza Strip.

"This decision will not deter us from continuing the resistance option to expel the occupation," it said in a statement.

Hamas, which has fought three wars against Israel since 2008, receives support from Iran.

The designation announced in Washington puts Haniyeh on the US Treasury sanctions blacklist, which freezes any US-based assets he may have and bans any US person or company from doing business with him.

Nathan Sales, the US State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, emphasized Iran's support at a conference for an Israeli think-tank in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

Iran "continues to support a rogues' gallery of terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and others", he said in a speech.

"Iran gives (Lebanon's) Hezbollah about $700 million a year," Sales told the Institute for National Security Studies conference.

"As for the Palestinian terrorist groups, it gives them potentially up to $100 million annually."