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Hamas terrorists were high on ‘poor man’s cocaine’ during attack: report


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Bloodthirsty Hamas terrorists were high on a powerful stimulant dubbed “poor man’s cocaine” when they launched their surprise attack on Israel, according to a report.

Pills of the drug Captagon — a synthetic, amphetamine-type stimulant — were found in the pockets of dead or captured terrorists after they invaded the Jewish state on Oct. 7, Israel’s Channel 12 reported.

The drug — also known as “the drug of jihad” or “cocaine for the poor” — allowed the jihadists to commit the atrocities with a calm demeanor while keeping them alert and suppressing their appetites, the outlet reported.

Captagon was first produced in Germany in the 1960s to help treat attention-deficit disorders, narcolepsy and depression.

The addictive stimulant gained notoriety in 2015 when ISIS terrorists used it to suppress fear before carrying out their attacks, the Jerusalem Post reported.

It has since been produced in Lebanon and Syria, which distributed it widely.

“The Syrian regime’s trafficking of billions of dollars worth of Captagon has helped to spread violence across the region. Hamas terrorists’ reported use of the drug only adds to the carnage,” David Adesnik, a senior fellow and the director of research at the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told the Telegraph.

In recent years, Captagon has grown in popularity in Gaza, Channel 12 said.

The pills — which can be purchased for a dollar or two a pop in poor countries — induce feelings of euphoria, reduce the need for sleep, suppress appetites and provide sustained energy.

The drug is reportedly a mix of fenethylline, caffeine and other fillers.

A witness described the terrorists as having “crazy joy in their eyes, like they were high on something” while they carried out their assault in Kibbutz Be’eri and took hostages, according to The New Yorker magazine.

The drug is reportedly a mix of fenethylline, caffeine and other fillers.

In 2020, Captagon’s exports from Syria reached a minimum of $3.5 billion — a figure five times greater than the combined value of the country’s legal export industries, estimated at just over $700 million, the Jerusalem Post reported.

In December 2021, Kuwaiti authorities seized 9 million of the pills hidden in a shipment of oranges, according to the outlet. A few days earlier, officials in Dubai intercepted 1.5 tons of Captagon pills, worth about $380 million, concealed inside a shipment of lemons, the paper added.

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