The United States formally added a military commander of the Palestinian extremist group Hamas to its foreign terrorist list on Thursday, the State Department announced.
Abu Anas al-Ghandour leads a Hamas brigade in Gaza where he has helped carry out several terrorist operations, the State Department said in a statement.
Ghandour was involved in the 2006 terrorist attack against Israel Defense Forces at the Kerem Shalom border crossing that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded four others. The attack also led to the Hamas kidnapping of French-Israeli citizen Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was captured near Gaza after his tank was ambushed.
The U.S. terrorist designation arrived hours after reports surfaced that Hamas had executed three Palestinian men accused of collaborating with Israel.
Ghandour will be subject to U.S. sanctions and denied access to the American financial system.