On October 7, an unprecedented and surprising attack on Israel was carried out by Hamas extremists. More than 1,400 Israelis were killed in this attack. It has now been claimed that the Hamas terrorists were allegedly under the influence of a psychoactive drug. According to a report by The Jerusalem Post, the terrorists were under the influence of Captagon, a synthetic amphetamine-type stimulant. Captagon bullets were recovered from the pockets of several Hamas militants killed in Israel, the Jerusalem Post reports. According to reports, it is believed that the drug, also known as ‘cocaine for the poor’. This allowed Hamas terrorists to commit crimes with a sense of peace and indifference. Additionally, the drug kept him extremely alert for longer periods of time and controlled his appetite.
Captagon gained notoriety in 2015 when it was discovered that Islamic State fighters had used it to suppress fear before carrying out terrorist operations. Over the years, as Islamic State’s influence declined, Syria and Lebanon took control and began producing and distributing the drug on a large scale. Captagon belongs to the amphetamine group and was originally developed to treat attention disorders, narcolepsy and depression. Despite its highly addictive nature and ability to induce psychoactive reactions, it remains a popular choice in the Middle East due to its affordability and ease of manufacture. According to the report, in poor countries this medicine can be purchased for $1 or $2, while in rich countries its price can be up to $20 per pill.
The main effects of Captagon include inducing feelings of euphoria, reducing the need for sleep, suppressing appetite, and providing sustained energy. According to medical professionals in Syria and Lebanon, the drug is not only prevalent among fighters, but is also frequently used by desperate civilians living in war zones. Moreover, the Jerusalem Post reports, the drug has become a major source of income for Syria and is actively supported by the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.