UNSC blacklists Osama bin Laden’s son – Hamza bin Laden
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has blacklisted Hamza bin Laden, the son of Al Qaida Chief – Osama bin Laden, who is seen as the most likely successor of the terror group’s current leader – Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The blacklisting means travel ban, asset freezing and arms embargo on Hamza bin Laden.
Earlier, the United States (U.S.) has announced a reward of U.S. $ 1 million for information on Hamza bin Laden. Post the announcement, Saudi Arabia revoked the citizenship of Saudi Arabia born Hamza bin Laden.
With the UNSC blacklisting, all the Member Governments of the U.N. across globe, are required to immediately freeze all the financial assets, funds or economic resources, designated to him. Moreover, his entry or transit are blocked across all the U.N. member countries. Under the arms embargo, all countries must ensure that they prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer of arms and ammunition to him.
The U.S. State Department had already declared him a terrorist in 2017.
The U.S. State Department has said that Hamza bin Laden has released audio and video messages on the internet calling for attacks on Western Capitals. He has also threatened to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden, who has killed by U.S. Navy Seal commandoes in 2011 in Pakistan. The new leader of Al Qaeda also intends to target U.S. citizens abroad.
He has released an audio in March 218 where he urged the citizens of Saudi Arabia to rebel against their monarchs.
For the records, the 30-year-old Hamza bin Laden is married the daughter of Mohammed Atta, who had hijacked one of the aircrafts during the heinous terror attack of 9/11 on World Trade Center Towers in New York. It is learnt that Osama bin Laden, when alive, was training him to be the future leader of the Al-Qaida.
As per Reuters report, Hamza bin Laden was with his Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan prior to 9/11 attacks. In 2015, he was officially introduced by Ayman al-Zawahiri in an audio message. It is believed that Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a dull Egyptian strategist who has failed to inspire the terror group. Al-Qaida has used its recent low profile to rebuild, reorganise and plan more attacks on the West, Africa and the Middle East.