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European Union sanctions Palestinian militant groups for sexual violence

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The European Union announced on Friday new sanctions against several Palestinian militant groups, citing "widespread sexual violence" during the October 7, 2023, attack on Israel.

The sanctions underscore the EU's firm stance against the use of sexual violence in warfare © Mena Today 

The European Union announced on Friday new sanctions against several Palestinian militant groups, citing "widespread sexual violence" during the October 7, 2023, attack on Israel. The sanctioned entities include the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, the Nukhba unit of Hamas, and the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed branch of Hamas.

According to the EU, these groups systematically committed sexual violence, employing it as a weapon of war. This decisive action follows the EU’s previous designation of both Hamas and Islamic Jihad as terrorist organizations, reflecting ongoing concerns about their methods of operation during conflicts.

The sanctions underscore the EU's firm stance against the use of sexual violence in warfare and highlight the broader international community's commitment to addressing and preventing such war crimes. The EU's measures aim to hold accountable those responsible for these grave violations of human rights and to curb the cycle of violence in conflict zones.

This development marks a significant step in the international efforts to combat impunity for sexual violence in conflicts, reinforcing the call for adherence to international human rights laws and norms.

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