New Zealand designates entirety of Hamas as “terrorist entity”

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Published: 2024-02-29 10:07

Last Updated: 2024-04-13 23:17


New Zealand designates entirety of Hamas as “terrorist entity”
New Zealand designates entirety of Hamas as “terrorist entity”

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Christopher Luxon, and Foreign Minister ,Winston Peters, announced Thursday that their country has designated Hamas, both its military and political wings, as a "terrorist entity.”

“The [Operation Aqsa Typhoon] by Hamas in October 2023 [was} brutal and we have unequivocally condemned them,” Luxon said.

Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, had already been designated as a “terrorist entity” by New Zealand since 2010.

The statement added that what happened on Oct. 7 “reinforces that we can no longer distinguish between the military and political wings of Hamas. The organization as a whole bears responsibility…”

The designation thus freezes Hamas’ assets in New Zealand, and also makes it a criminal offense to carry out property or financial transactions with them or provide material support.

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