US offers US$10M reward for information on Hamas financiers

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United States: The US is offering up to $10 million for information on five Hamas financiers or anything leading to the disruption of the Palestinian militant group’s financial processes, the State Department said on Friday.

The incentive offer comes after four rounds of sanctions imposed by the US on Hamas following the group’s deadly invasion into Israel on October 7, which Israel claims killed 1,200 people. According to local health professionals, Israel’s ensuing military assault in Gaza has killed 22,600 people and left much of the territory in ruins.

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The five are Abdelbasit Hamza Elhassan Khair, Amer Kamal Sharif Alshawa, Ahmed Sadu Jahleb, Walid Mohammed Mustafa Jadallah, and Muhammad Ahmad’ Abd Al-Dayim Nasrallah, all of whom the U.S. has previously labeled as global terrorists as per the report by the Reuters.

According to the department, the first financier, identified as Hamza, is based in Sudan, has managed various companies in Hamas’ investment portfolio, and was engaged in the transfer of about $20 million to Hamas. As per the State Department, he is linked to Sudanese President Omar Bashir and Islamist groups undermining Sudan’s stability.

Three of the cited Hamas operatives – Amer Kamal Sharif Alshawa, Ahmed Sadu Jahleb, and Walid Mohammed Mustafa Jadallah – are part of the group’s investment network in Turkey, the department said.

According to the agency, Nasrallah has deep contacts to Iranian businesses and has been engaged in the transfer of tens of millions of dollars to Hamas, including its military component. In October, the department stated that he was based in Qatar.

The reward would be granted for information on any source of funding for Hamas, prominent contributors, financial institutions that facilitate transactions for Hamas, front firms that buy dual-use technologies for the group, and criminal activities that benefit Hamas, the state government said.

More about the Global Terrorists labeled by the US

Abdelbasit Hamza Elhassan Mohamed Khair

He is a Hamas financier located in Sudan who has overseen several enterprises in Hamas’ financial portfolio. He has longstanding financing ties to al-Qa’ida and Usama bin Laden-linked companies in Sudan.

He was previously involved in the transfer of about $20 million to Hamas, including cash given directly to senior Hamas financial officer and Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) Mahir Jawad Yunis Salah, who is a US-designated SDGT.

Ahmed Sadu Jahleb

He is a Hamas operative and part of Hamas’s investment network in Turkey. Jahleb serves as the Hamas investment portfolio secretary and coordinates various activities for Hamas-controlled companies and Hamas officials.

Walid Mohammed Mustafa Jadallah

He is a Jordanian national, Hamas operative, and part of Hamas’s investment network. Based in Turkey, he serves on the boards of several Hamas investment portfolio companies.

Muhammad Ahmad ‘Abd Al-Dayim Nasrallah 

He is a long-serving Hamas operator in Qatar with close ties to Iranian groups. He was involved in the transmission of tens of millions of dollars to Hamas, notably the Izz al-Din al-Qassim Brigades, Hamas’ military arm.

Amer Kamal Sharif Alshawa

He is the CEO of Trend GYO, a Hamas-linked real estate investment fund in Turkey. He served on the boards of various Hamas investment portfolio firms.

In 2018, Hamas militants controlled over 75% of Trend GYO’s issued capital. Furthermore, Hamas intended to privately issue more than $15 million in Trend GYO stock to key officials in the investment portfolio.