US, UK sanction Gaza Now media channel

US, UK sanction Gaza Now media channel
US and UK impose sanctions on Gaza Now, a popular Telegram channel that has more than 1.8 million followers.
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The US also unveiled sanctions against Aozma Sultana, the director of two companies [Getty]

US and UK authorities unveiled sanctions on Wednesday against two people and three companies related to the popular media channel Gaza Now over alleged fundraising efforts "in support of Hamas".

The Treasury Department said 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 the group's October 7 attack, which Israeli authorities say killed over 1,000 people.

Israel's military campaign on the same day has killed at least 32,414 people in Gaza, most of them women and children.

"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 undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Brian Nelson said in a statement.

The Treasury Department accused 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."

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The US also unveiled 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 the 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 said in a statement.

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