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State Department Terrorist Designation of Abu Anas al-Ghandour

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 6, 2017

The Department of State has designated Abu Anas al-Ghandour as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a consequence of this designation, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions or dealings with Ghandour, and all of his property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction is frozen.

Abu Anas al-Ghandour is a military commander for the Foreign Terrorist Organization and SDGT group, Hamas. He leads a Hamas brigade in Gaza and has been involved in many terrorist operations. Ghandour was involved in the 2006 attack on the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) outpost at the Kerem Shalom border crossing, which killed two IDF soldiers and wounded four others, and led to the kidnapping of dual French-Israeli citizen, Corporal Gilad Shalit. Ghandour has also served on the Hamas Shura Council and political bureau.

Today's action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Ghandour has committed or poses a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here:


Name: Abu Anas al-Ghandour
AKA: Ahmed Ghandour
AKA: Ahmad Ghandour
AKA: Ahmad Naji al-Ghandur
Aka: Abu-Anas
DOB: Circa 1967
POB: Jaffa, Israel
Location: Gaza Strip

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