In accordance with paragraph 13 of resolution 1822 (2008) and subsequent related resolutions, the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee makes accessible a narrative summary of reasons for the listing for individuals, groups, undertakings and entities included in the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.
Elshafee El Sheikh was listed on 20 July 2017 pursuant to paragraphs 2 and 4 of resolution 2253 (2015) as being associated with ISIL or Al-Qaida for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of” and “recruiting for” the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), listed as Al-Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115).
Elshafee El Sheikh is an active fighting member of ISIL, operating in the Syrian Arab Republic. He was a member of an ISIL cell known as “the Beatles”, which detained and beheaded more than 27 hostages in the Syrian Arab Republic, most recently in January 2015.
In May 2016, El Sheikh publicly associated himself with ISIL as one of four members of “the Beatles” which was responsible for the murder of British, US and other hostages. As such, El Sheikh is associated with the guarding and physical abuse of hostages and possibly their murders. Elshafee El Sheikh is believed to have radicalized a younger individual.