From Hamas to Hevron: $50,000

Security forces arrested a man yesterday, who took advantage of his commercial permit to smuggle money from Hamas in Gaza to Hevron.

Kobi Finkler,

Hevron
Hevron
Nati Shohat/Flash 90

Security officials on Wednesday interrogated Bashir Muhammed Younis Mustafa - a resident of Gaza, who has a license to enter Israel for commercial purposes.

During the interrogation, Mustafa admitted that during the past month he had ferried some $50,000 from Gaza-based Hamas to Hevron officials connected to Hamas.

He explained that an official of the transfer unit of Hamas, which operates south of the Erez Crossing, approached him since he had a permit to enter Israel. Because of his job, he could provide cover for the transfer of large sums of money between the regions.

This incident is the latest in a string of recent events, where Hamas has taken advantage of the permits, granted by Israel, for commercial or humanitarian use.

The defense establishment asserted that "these incidents, which occur daily, sadly harm the civilian policy which is designed to help the residents of [Gaza], and to develop its economy. Hamas is the one who continues to hurt the residents, the Palestinian economy, and our willingness to assist merchants."




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