France, Germany and Italy call on EU for new sanctions against Hamas over ‘atrocious’ October 7 attacks

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France, Germany and Italy call on EU for new sanctions against Hamas over ‘atrocious’ October 7 attacks

ROME — French, German and Italian foreign ministers are pushing for the rapid adoption of new European sanctions against Hamas for its “atrocious and indiscriminate terrorist attacks” against Israel on October 7.

“The rapid adoption of this sanctions regime will allow us to send a strong political message on the European Union’s commitment against Hamas and our solidarity with Israel,” write the three ministers in a letter addressed to Josep Borrell, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs.

The letter does not detail possible sanctions, but says they are expected to target Hamas members, affiliated groups and supporters. Ministers said they broadly supported the framework presented by Borrell last week.

Foreign ministers from the 27-member bloc are meeting today in Brussels. The EU on Friday froze the funds and other assets in Europe of the general commander of Hamas’s military wing, Mohammed Deif, and deputy commander Marwan Issa.

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