Sanctions Imposed on Two Lebanon Based Charities

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is imposing sanctions on two Lebanon-based charities it says are controlled by Hamas (huh-MAHS').

The Treasury Department says any assets in the U.S. held by al-Waqfiya and al-Quds are now frozen. Americans cannot donate to them.

The department says both groups exist to support families of Hamas fighters and prisoners and programs designed to spread Hamas' influence in the Palestinian territories.

Hamas doesn't recognize Israel. The U.S. considers it a terrorist organization.

Also Thursday, the State Department declared Yemen-based Ansar al-Sharia a terrorist body, calling it an alias of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

The organization is distinct from the Libyan-based militant group of the same name, which has been identified as a potential suspect in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 172664011