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Wednesday, Jul 24, 2024

US Imposes Sanctions on Palestinian Group Lions' Den

The United States has imposed sanctions on the Palestinian militant group Lions' Den for violence in the West Bank. The sanctions freeze any US assets held by the group and prohibit Americans from dealing with them. Lions' Den has been involved in attacks on both Israelis and Palestinians since 2022.
On June 6, 2024, the United States placed sanctions on the Palestinian militant group Lions' Den, according to an announcement by the State Department.

This marks the first implementation of sanctions under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden in February aimed at curbing West Bank violence.

This order had previously been used against Jewish settlers attacking Palestinians.

Matthew Miller, department spokesperson, mentioned that Lions' Den has been involved in attacks on both Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank since 2022.

The sanctions freeze any assets the group may have under US jurisdiction and prohibit Americans from engaging with the group, though it is unclear if Lions' Den has any such assets or connections.

Unlike other Palestinian groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Lions' Den was not designated under stringent counterterrorism authorities.

Lions' Den, active in the Old City of Nablus, has participated in conflicts with Israeli forces and attacks on Jewish settlements.

Since the 1967 Middle East war, Israel has occupied the West Bank, which Palestinians envision as central to an independent state.

Israel has built settlements there deemed illegal by most countries, though Israel disputes this, citing historical and Biblical ties to the land.
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