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Shin Bet Arrests Network that Transfers Money from Gaza to West Bank

Shin Bet Arrests Network that Transfers Money from Gaza to West Bank

Friday, 19 July, 2019 - 07:00
Palestinian women try to free a detained relative from inside an Israeli military jeep, near Yatta in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma
Tel Aviv- Asharq Al Awsat
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) has announced arresting a group of Palestinians who have established a network to transfer money from Hamas in Gaza to Ramallah and Qalqilya for the sake of funding acts against the Israeli army and settlers.

In its statement, the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu office (in charge of Shin Bet) revealed that the network was operated by a civilian travel and passport-issuing agency named “Al-Haramain,” owned by the Hani brothers and Firas Blbiesi, along with a money exchanger named Mohammad Swesi, all of whom operated from the Gaza Strip.

Further, a number of recipients were arrested in the West Bank, especially in Ramallah and Qalqilya.

According to the statement, the individuals of the network conducted big deceit that was covered by forged money transfers.

Three suspected operatives of the Hamas-run cell in the West Bank were arrested: Ibrahim Mzfr and his brother Khaled from the village of Al-Nubani near Ariel, and Mohammad Abu Salim from Rantis.

Mazari and Abu Salim were both formerly incarcerated in Israeli prisons.

The office added that large amounts of money transferred through this method was used for armed activity against the army and the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and for funding the salaries of Hamas operatives.

A Shin Bet spokesman commented saying that Hamas suffers a shortage of funds and demands Qatari and non-Qatari aid.

Notably, the Israeli occupation forces arrested Thursday morning 14 Palestinians from various regions n the West Bank without disclosing the reasons -- they restricted to saying that they are wanted.

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