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US Imposes Sanctions on Designated ISIS Financiers in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION
Ahmidah Al-Safrani, Abd Al-Hadi Zarqun and Hammam Hamani were identified by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Public Affairs (OFAC) on 13 April, as Libyan-based financial facilitators of ISIS. OFAC has implemented sanctions on these individuals freezing their assets and prohibiting business with US nationals.

Sabri and Souq al-Hout, both adjacent to the port in the centre of Benghazi are the only remaining areas controlled by the loose jihadist coalition of Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council (BRSC) and Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. The Libyan National Army (LNA) maintains an aerial and naval blockade in the area and the current dip in clashes will likely be short lived as these areas have been an epicentre of fighting for over two years.

WESTERN RESPONSE
On 13 April, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Public Affairs (OFAC) implemented sanctions on several individuals determined responsible for funnelling money to ISIS in Libya. Ali Ahmidah Al-Safrani, Abd Al-Hadi Zarqun and Hammam Hamani, were all designated by OFAC on 13 April as Libyan-based financial facilitators of ISIS, and pursuant to the action all property and interests affiliated with the individuals are blocked, and US persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

The Government of National Accord (GNA) President Fayez Serraj, in an open statement to the international community on 15 March, warned that violence in the South could cause a completely collapse of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) established in late 2016. He called for the international community to ‘intervene’ in an effort to de-escalate the conflict. Exactly what type of intervention he intended is unclear. On 17 April, the European Union issued a statement calling for all actors involved in fighting to lead the de-escalation in southern Libya themselves and solve their issues through formal negotiation.

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