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Israel seizes tons of chocolate it claims is being used to fund Hamas

Israel has confiscated 23 tons of chocolate bars on their way to the Gaza Strip.
Workers at Al-Arees sweets factory sort a batch of chocolate-covered biscuits in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Feb. 5, 2020.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz signed Aug. 16 an administrative order to confiscate 23 tons of chocolate bars destined for the Gaza Strip, on suspicion of being used as an alternative currency to fund Hamas. 

Gantz stressed that Israel would continue to work to prevent Hamas’ growth, accusing it of building a military force instead of serving the interests of citizens who suffer from economic burdens.

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