EU Council sanctions six individuals and three entities responsible for participating in the financing of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad

The EU Council decided to list six individuals and three entities responsible for participating in the financing of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) or enabling their violent actions.

The Council is listing three companies – Zawaya Group for Development and Investment Co Ltd., Larrycom for Investment Ltd. and Al Zawaya Group for Development and Investment Sociedad limitada – owned and controlled by Sudan-based financier Abdelbasit Hamza Elhassan Mohamed Khair, who has been subject to EU restrictive measures since January 2024. All three entities have been linked to Hamas’ investment portfolio, and served as front companies to facilitate Hamas financial streams.

Individual listings include Jamil Yusuf Ahmad Aliyan, a PIJ official and leader of the Muhjat AlQuds Foundation, which is an Iran-funded organisation whose primary mission is to provide financial support to the families of PIJ fighters and prisoners.

Furthermore, the Council sanctioned Ahmed Sharif Abdallah Odeh, who leads Hamas’s foreign investment activities and is a shareholder and a board member of several front companies for Hamas; Zuheir Shamlakh, a financial facilitator and money changer who enables financial transfers from Iran to Hamas; and Ismail Barhoum a member of the Hamas Political Bureau, who heads the Hamas’ Charitable Institutions Association supervising 400 charities, and channelling funds to Hamas.

Lastly, the Council is listing Ali Morshed Shirazi, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force (IRGC-QF) official serving as Bureau Chief of the Palestine Branch operating out of Lebanon, and Maher Rebhi Obeid, a member of the Hamas Political Bureau since 2010, who is responsible for directing Hamas’ terrorist operatives in the West Bank.

A total of 12 individuals and three entities are sanctioned under the framework of restrictive measures against Hamas and the PIJ. 

Those listed under the sanctions regime are subject to an asset freeze. The provision of funds or economic resources, directly or indirectly, to them is prohibited. Additionally, a travel ban to the EU applies to the natural persons listed.

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