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Israel seizes millions in digital funds meant for Iran proxies - Ministry

June 27, 2023 at 8:19 pm

Minister of Defence of Israel, Yoav Gallant on May 4, 2023 [MENELAOS MYRILLAS/SOOC/AFP via Getty Images]

Israel has seized millions of dollars worth of digital funds intended for use by the powerful Iranian-backed Lebanese group, Hezbollah, and the foreign Quds Force arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Israeli Defence Minister, Yoav Gallant, said he approved an operation that was aimed at identifying and confiscating funds laundered by organisations supported by arch-enemy, Iran.

His Ministry said that, since the start of this year, “Hezbollah, Quds Force and Syrian operatives have used digital currencies to receive funds from third parties via illegal transactions.” It said it had thwarted the transfer of millions of dollars to these operatives.

“I issued an order that enabled the confiscation of said funds, as well as their transfer to the State of Israel,” Gallant said. “In doing so, we have effectively cut off the flow of terror funds via this channel.”

Hezbollah’s media office in Lebanon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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