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8 Oct, 2023 21:28

Origin of US weaponry used by Hamas must be investigated – congresswoman

The arms used to attack Israel may have come from Afghanistan or Ukraine, Marjorie Taylor Greene has claimed
Origin of US weaponry used by Hamas must be investigated – congresswoman

Washington must work with Israel to investigate the origins of US-made weaponry used by the Palestinian militant group Hamas in its ongoing attack against the country, Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said on Sunday.

The congresswoman claimed that some of the weapons used by Hamas may have originated from Ukraine or Afghanistan, and these must be tracked to determine their source. 

“We need to work with Israel to track serial numbers on any US weapons used by Hamas against Israel. Did they come from Afghanistan? Did they come from Ukraine? Highly likely the answer is both,” the congresswoman wrote on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Thus far, no solid evidence has emerged to support these claims. However, at least one unverified video circulating online showed a Hamas militant “thanking” Ukrainians for weaponry while showcasing assorted US-made pieces, including a standard-issue M136 anti-tank grenade launcher.

The US has been pouring military aid into Ukraine for over a year and a half, propping up Kiev in its fight against Moscow. Ukraine has faced repeated allegations of misusing and selling off weaponry, with items ranging from firearms to mines and guided anti-tank missiles repeatedly surfacing for sale on the dark net.

In Afghanistan, the entire arsenal of its now-defunct army, created with the direct and years-long involvement of the Pentagon, fell into the hands of the Taliban after the Islamist group took over the country in August 2021.