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EU sanctions Hamas' Yahya Sinwar and Somalia's al-Shabab top leader

The European Union Council announced Tuesday it was taking restrictive financial measures against the Gaza-based group’s leader, Yahya Sinwar.
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PARIS — The Council of the European Union announced Tuesday it was adding Gaza-based Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar to its terrorist list. 

A statement issued by the council read, "This decision comes as part of the European Union’s response to the threat posed by Hamas and its brutal and indiscriminate terrorist attacks in Israel on 7 Oct. 2023."

The sanctions, effective immediately, freeze Sinwar’s assets and funds across the European Union and prohibit EU operators from making any funds and economic resources available to him.

On Dec. 7, the body added Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif and his deputy Marwan Issa to the EU terror list and on Dec. 5, France announced it was freezing the assets of Sinwar for a period of six months.

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