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Hamas Terrorists Allegedly Consumed Captagon During Attacks on Israel

Claims that Hamas fighters used Captagon while launching attacks on Israel emerge.

October 23, 2023: It has been 14 days since the outbreak of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. As the war rages on, the toll on civilian lives in both Palestine and Israel continues to rise, with thousands of casualties reported. The conflict officially commenced on October 7 when Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, fired a missile towards Israel. Amidst these troubling events, allegations have surfaced that Hamas militants consumed a substance known as ‘Captagon’ during their attacks. But what exactly is Captagon, and what are the potential consequences of its use? Moreover, what measures have been taken to combat the production of these pills?

The Israeli news channel ‘Channel 12’ has reported that Captagon pills were discovered in the possession of deceased Hamas terrorists found on Israeli soil. The Jerusalem Post, a Jerusalem-based newspaper, suggested that these drugs may have assisted Hamas terrorists in executing their heinous acts.

Captagon is a stimulant that shares similarities with amphetamine. These pills are predominantly produced in Syria and the wider West Asian region. Interestingly, the drug’s origins can be traced back to Germany in the 1960s, where it was developed to address conditions such as attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy. This information has been reported by the news channel ‘Al Jazeera.’ The German-manufactured pills contained an ingredient called Fenetylline, but it was banned in numerous countries in the 1980s due to its high potential for addiction.

A 2018 report by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction revealed that counterfeit Captagon pills were produced in Bulgaria during the 1990s and 2000s as an alternative to the banned drug. These pills were illicitly trafficked, with assistance from criminal networks in Balkan countries and Turkey, reaching Arab nations.

Amphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant, as reported by Vox in 2015. Users of amphetamine drugs typically experience heightened energy levels and reduced need for sleep, often staying awake for extended periods. Additionally, these drugs can induce feelings of euphoria. However, the consumption of Captagon is not without its risks. A report by Bloomberg states that a single Captagon pill can cost between $3 and $25. These pills, though accessible, can cause a range of adverse effects on the body, including potential harm to the brain and an increased risk of mental health disorders, according to BBC.

Captagon tablets gained global attention in 2014, primarily due to their popularity in Muslim countries and Syria. Syrian fighters were known to use Captagon to suppress hunger during wartime.

Numerous attempts have been made to combat the smuggling of Captagon. A 2014 Reuters report revealed that amphetamines were produced in significant quantities in Syria during the 2011 civil war, and the drug’s use was prevalent among both soldiers and rebel groups. This situation led to an increase in the use of Captagon by civilians, as reported by doctors in Syria. Some sources claimed that the sale of Captagon pills generated substantial financial gains for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his associates, though these claims were disputed by Assad.

According to Bloomberg, the U.S. State Department, Treasury, and the British Foreign Office, along with independent researchers, have linked Captagon’s production and trafficking to individuals associated with the Assad regime and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. In recent years, multiple West Asian countries have intensified their efforts to combat the production and trafficking of Captagon, resulting in significant seizures of these pills, with many intercepted in Saudi Arabia.

With Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on Captagon smuggling, there is a concern that traffickers may seek alternative routes and markets, potentially putting Europe and other regions at risk. The possibility of these pills making their way to the United States has also raised alarms. In response, the United States implemented the ‘Captagon Act’ in December of the previous year to counteract the smuggling of Captagon. This legislation aims to prevent the illegal trafficking of this stimulant.

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