Ismail Haniya political leader of the Palestinian movement Hamas

United States has designated the political leader of the Palestinian movement Hamas, Ismail Haniya as a terrorist and imposed sanctions on him.

The state department said Ismail Haniya had close links with Hamas military wing and been a proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians.

Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, is already designated a terrorist group by the us, Israel, the EU and UK.It denounced as worthless the blacklisting of Ismail Haniya.

A statement from the group said the decision will not dissuade us from continuing to hold fast to the option of resisting and expelling the occupation.