US and UK sanction Gaza media outlet over Hamas fundraising

WASHINGTON — US and UK authorities unveil sanctions against two people and three companies related to the popular media channel Gaza Now over its fundraising efforts in support of Hamas.

The US Treasury Department says in a statement that Gaza Now, whose popular Telegram channel has more than 1.8 million followers, and its founder Mustafa Ayash started fundraising for Hamas after its unprecedented terror attack on October 7.

“Treasury remains committed to degrading Hamas’ ability to finance its terrorist activities, including through online fundraising campaigns that seek to funnel money directly to the group,” US Treasury under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Brian Nelson says in a statement.

The Treasury Department accuses the group of “having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Hamas.”

The US also unveils sanctions against Aozma Sultana, the director of two companies that allegedly gave “thousands of dollars to Gaza Now and advertised Gaza Now as a partner during a joint fundraiser shortly after the October 7 terrorist attack.”

The Treasury Department’s actions are being carried out alongside similar actions by UK authorities.

“The UK Government has announced a full asset freeze against two individuals suspected of providing financial support for Gaza Now — a news agency that promotes the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist groups,” the UK Treasury says in a statement.

“All funds and economic resources in the UK belonging to or controlled by Sultana and Ayash have been frozen,” they add.

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