Palestinians take part in a rally celebrating Hamas winning students council election in Birzeit University, near Ramallah. Hamas rules the Gaza Strip and is deemed a terrorist group in the West and by Israel. Image Credit: REUTERS

Washington: The United States has imposed sanctions on a Hamas finance official and a network of financial facilitators and companies that have generated revenue for the Palestinian militant group, the Treasury Department said.

The sanctions target Hamas’ Investment Office, which holds assets estimated to be worth more than $500 million, including companies operating in Sudan, Turkey, Algeria and other countries in the region, the department said in a statement.

“Hamas has generated vast sums of revenue through its secret investment portfolio while destabilising Gaza, which is facing harsh living and economic conditions,” said Elizabeth Rosenberg, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes.

Hamas rules the Gaza Strip and is deemed a terrorist group in the West and by Israel.

A Hamas official, Sami Abu Zuhri, denied the US allegations.

“The US allegations are incorrect and they come in the course of siding with the Israeli occupation and spreading its false allegations,” Abu Zuhri said.

The Hamas official cited for sanctions is Abdullah Yusuf Faisal Sabri, a Kuwait-based Jordanian national and accountant who has worked in Hamas’ finance ministry for several years, the Treasury Department said.

The companies included Sudan-based Agrogate Holding, Algeria-based Sidar Company, UAE-based Itqan Real Estate JSC, Turkey-based Trend GYO and Saudi Arabia-based Anda Company, the department said.