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Sanctioning Israeli Group for Disrupting and Destroying Humanitarian Aid to Civilians – United States Department of State

The Department of State today is designating Tzav 9, a violent extremist Israeli group that has been blocking, harassing, and harming convoys carrying lifesaving humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza. For months, individuals from Tzav 9 have repeatedly tried to thwart the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, including by blocking roads, sometimes violently, in the West Bank, including on the route from Jordan to Gaza. They have also damaged aid trucks and thrown lifesaving humanitarian aid onto the road. On May 13, 2024, members of Tzav 9 looted and then set fire to two trucks near Hebron in the West Bank carrying humanitarian aid for men, women, and children in Gaza.

The provision of humanitarian assistance is vital to prevent a further exacerbation of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and to reduce the risk of famine. The Government of Israel has a responsibility to ensure the safety of humanitarian convoys transiting from Israel and the West Bank via Gaza. We will not tolerate acts of sabotage and violence targeting this essential humanitarian aid. We will continue to use all means available to us to promote accountability for those who attempt or commit such heinous acts, and we expect and urge Israeli authorities to do the same.

Department approving Tzav 9 As per section 1(a)(i)(A) Executive Order (EO) 14115Directing, implementing, enforcing, failing to implement or failing to implement policies that endanger the peace, security or stability of the West Bank – being responsible for or complicit in, or directly or indirectly participating in or attempting to participate in, any such activities. Petitions to remove from the SDN list can be sent to: [email protected]Petitioners may also approach the State Department. Delisting Guidance Page.

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