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Israel confiscates chocolate heading to Gaza

August 17, 2021 at 11:24 am

Preparing all the sweets to sell on Eid day! [Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Defence Ministry yesterday confiscated a large number of chocolate bars which were destined for the besieged Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The chocolate bars, the Israeli occupation claimed, were meant to serve as an alternative currency to fund Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip.

According to the Israeli daily, officials had been noticing suspicious imports of food products to Gaza, claiming that Hamas was trying to gain funding by operating a broad network of food imports, including chocolate bars.

“We were able to hit a number of [Hamas] funding networks and to confiscate goods, thanks to an Executive seizure order signed by Benny Gantz,” the defence minister’s press representative said according to the Jerusalem Post.

“Israel will continue acting to prevent the empowerment of Hamas, who is building up military force instead of taking care of the people of the [Gaza] Strip who are collapsing from the economic burden,” Gantz said, adding: “We will continue to hunt down networks that fund terror, no matter what method they choose.”

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