France says EU to adopt sanctions against Hamas on Monday

AFP , Thursday 18 Jan 2024

The European Union will adopt sanctions Monday against Hamas in response to the Palestinian group's October 7 attack on Israel, France said Thursday.

French foreign ministry spokesman Christophe Lemoine
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna gives a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, on 14 October 2022. AP

 

Brussels will adopt "a regime of sanctions against Hamas", French foreign ministry spokesman Christophe Lemoine told reporters, adding that they would target "individuals and transfers of funds".

The punitive measures will target Hamas and some of its leaders. 

On Tuesday, the EU added Hamas Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar to its "terrorist" sanctions blacklist over the October 7 attacks.

The move means that the accused mastermind of the attacks is subject to an asset freeze in the 27-nation bloc and bans EU citizens from conducting transactions with him.

In December, the EU added two of Hamas's top military commanders, Mohammed Deif and Marwan Issa, to its terrorist blacklist.

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas is already listed as a "terrorist" organisation by the EU.

Vowing to destroy Hamas, Israel is conducting relentless bombardment and a ground offensive which have killed at least 24,448 Palestinians, around 70 percent of them women, children and adolescents, according to Gaza health ministry figures.

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