Sanctions in response to Hamas terror attacks

  • Media release

The Australian Government has imposed counter-terrorism financing sanctions on eight persons and one entity in response to the acts of terrorism perpetrated by Hamas on October 7, 2023.

These persons include Hamas members, operatives and financial facilitators, along with a currency exchange owned by one individual.

In 2001, Australia imposed counter-terrorism financing sanctions against Hamas in its entirety. Since that time, we have sanctioned a further six entities and three persons with links to Hamas.

Sanctioning and publicly listing these additional eight persons and one entity for terrorism financing demonstrates that they are actively engaged in the support and facilitation of terrorism.

This makes it a criminal offence, punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment and heavy fines, to provide assets to sanctioned individuals or entities or to use or deal with their assets. These measures enable their activity to be prevented and holds them and those that transact with them directly to account.

Australia unequivocally condemns Hamas' abhorrent acts of terror against Israel. These sanctions are targeted at those most culpable for terrorist acts.

A consolidated list of sanctions is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

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