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US slaps sanctions on Hamas chief Haniyeh

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The United States slapped sanctions on Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh and three terror groups on Wednesday, adding them to Treasury's list of global terrorists, News i24 reported. 
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the sanctions are aimed at curtailing the activities of "key terrorist groups and leaders -- including two sponsored and directed by Iran -- who are threatening the stability of the Middle East, undermining the peace process, and attacking our allies Egypt and Israel."
"Today’s actions are an important step in denying them the resources they need to plan and carry out their terrorist activities,” he said in a statement. 
The sanctions mean that all US citizens are prohibited from dealing with them and foreign entities may also face punishment from the US if they choose to do so. 
Gaza-based Haniyeh is head of Hamas' central council. A State Department release accused him of "reportedly been involved in terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens" and noted that  "Hamas has been responsible for an estimated 17 American lives killed in terrorist attacks."  
A State Department release said that Harakat al-Sabireen was an Iranian-backed terror organization that has fired rockets at Israel from Gaza and is also active in the West Bank. 
It said the two others, Liwa al Thawra and HASM, are groups responsible for carrying out attacks against military targets in Egypt as well as the Myanmar embassy in Cairo. 
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