European Union member states on Tuesday added Hamas political leader Yahya Sinwar to the EU’s terrorist list.
The move allows the bloc to freeze Sinwar’s funds and other financial assets in EU member states and ban EU-based traders from making financial resources available to him.
Considered one of the main liaison figures between the political and military wings of Hamas, Sinwar, originally from Gaza, was elected commander of the organization’s armed forces and overall leader in Gaza in 2017.
He had previously been arrested by Israel on several occasions and finally released as part of a prisoner exchange in 2011.
He was added to the US terrorist list in 2015.
Sinwar is said to have been involved in the deadly October 7 attack that sparked the ongoing war with Israel. The UK targeted him in a sanctions package last December, along with other senior Hamas leaders.
Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by the EU and other Western allies.
Sinwar becomes the third senior Hamas leader to be personally sanctioned by the EU since the Middle East conflict erupted in October.
On 8 December, EU member states also designated Mohammed Deif and Marwan Issa, senior commanders of Hamas’ military wing, the Birgades Ezzedin al-Qassam, as terrorists.
The sanctions aim to choke off Hamas’ financial resources and prevent its militants from orchestrating further attacks.