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France issues a decree against the leader of Hamas

France announced the issuance of a decree to freeze the assets of the leader of the Hamas movement in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, whom Israel considers the mastermind of the October 7 attack on its territory, for a period of six months, according to a decree published Tuesday in the Official Gazette.
The decree issued on November 30, which enters into force today, Tuesday, stipulates that “funds and economic resources owned or controlled by Mr. Yahya Sinwar are subject to an asset freeze.”
It was not possible to immediately contact the Ministry of Economy and Finance to determine the value of these assets.
In November, the French Secretary of State in charge of European affairs, Laurence Beaune, called for the imposition of European sanctions targeting senior Hamas officials, especially financial sanctions that could take the form of an asset freeze.
In a similar decree dated November 13, Paris announced that it would freeze for six months the assets of Muhammad al-Deif, the commander-in-chief of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, who has been on the US list of “international terrorists” most wanted since 2015.
For its part, London also imposed sanctions, including an asset freeze and a travel ban, on six individuals, four of whom are Hamas leaders and two accused of financing the movement, including Muhammad al-Deif and Yahya al-Sinwar.
Israel also considers Yahya Al-Sinwar, head of Hamas’s political bureau in the Gaza Strip since 2017, the mastermind of the October 7 attacks, and he is at the top of its list of those targeted in the movement, as they describe him as a dead man.
Sinwar had left Israeli prisons in 2011, specifically in a prisoner exchange deal with soldier Shalit. At that time, Israeli intelligence believed that Yahya Sinwar no longer posed a threat, given that he had spent about 23 years in Israeli prisons, and might devote himself to writing his memoirs, according to the Israeli newspaper “Globes.

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