Japan approves new sanctions on individuals, organizations linked to Hamas

Tokyo, Jan 30 (EFE).- Japan on Tuesday announced new sanctions on two people and four organizations believed linked to Hamas.

“We have taken measures such as freezing assets against a total of 530 individuals and organizations (…) Based on the ‘Measures to Freeze Assets Against Terrorists, etc.’ (dated January 30, 2020), new measures such as asset freezing will be taken against two individuals and four organizations,” the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement.

The new sanctions include the Zawaya Group for Development and Investment, Al Zawaya Group for Development and Investment Sociedad Limitada, Larrycom for Investment and Nabil Chouman & Co., in addition to the individuals Nabil Khaled Halil Chouman and Khaled Chouman.

Japan’s decision comes after it joined the growing list of countries that have suspended financing to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) due to allegations that some staff have links to the Islamist group Hamas.

“Japan is extremely concerned about the suspicion that UNRWA staff were involved in the terrorist attack on Israel on October 7 last year. In response to this incident, Japan has decided that it is necessary to temporarily suspend additional funding to UNRWA for the time being while UNRWA conducts an investigation and countermeasures are considered,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

With more than 30,000 employees, UNRWA is the largest organization in Gaza outside of the government of the Strip, de facto controlled by Hamas since 2007. EFE


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