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Hamas accuses European Union of bias after its Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar sanctioned

In response to the EU’s decision to include Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in its “terrorist” sanctions blacklist for the October 7 attacks on Israel, Taher al-Nono, media adviser to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, has urged an end to the European Union’s “double-standard policy.”

“These are ridiculous and silly sanctions because everyone knows that Yahya Sinwar has no assets or money neither in Palestine nor outside it,” he told Reuters.

“Such a decision has no value against Hamas, but the idea of imposing sanctions on the leaders of the resistance and Hamas, which is resisting the [Israeli] occupation as granted by international law, shows bias to the occupation.”

The EU move means that Sinwar is subject to an asset freeze in the 27-nation bloc and bans EU citizens conducting transactions with him.

Hamas is already listed as a “terrorist” organisation by the EU.

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