A news release from the State Department on 14 January advised that it has increased sanctions against Harakat Sawa’d Misr (aka HASM) – by designating the group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). HASM was previously designated as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) in January 2018 for posing a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. The State Department has also designated Yahya al-Sayyid Ibrahim Musa and Alaa Ali Ali Mohammed al-Samahi as SDGT being leaders of HASM and reviewed the FTO designation of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and maintained it. Property and interests that are within the US or that come within the US or that come within the possession or control of US persons, are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them. In addition, as a designated FTO, it is a federal crime to knowingly provide, or attempt or conspire to provide, material support or resources to HASM.
HASM is a terrorist group active in Egypt formed in 2015. Musa is a Turkey-based HASM leader and Al-Samahi is a Turkey-based senior HASM official with an operational role in the group.
PIJ was founded in 1979-1980 in Egypt. It emerged from the Muslim Brotherhood movement and was inspired by the Islamic Revolution in Iran. PIJ is committed to the destruction of Israel and to the creation of an Islamic state in historic Palestine.
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