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00:21, 21 August 2014 Thursday

US Adds Gazan Jihadi Group to Terrorist List

US Adds Gazan Jihadi Group to Terrorist List

The US State Department announced Tuesday its designation of the Al Qaeda-linked Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC), known as Majlis Shura al-Mujahidin, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

Since its founding in 2012, the Gaza and Sinai-based MSC has claimed responsibility for a number of rocket attacks on Israel, including on Sderot and Eilat.

The US State Department website listed a June 18, 2012 infiltration attack from Gaza on an Israeli construction site that killed a civilian to the crimes committed by the organization. The group also has claimed to be active in Judea and Samaria.

Under the new US designation, there is a prohibition against providing material support or resources to MSC, and it further freezes all property of the group in the US or held under US control.