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Friday, May 19, 2006

Palestinian Civil War Watch - Hamas terrorists protest confiscated funds

Well, at least we know that Hamas isn't broke.

This morning, 'Palestinian security officials' who are loyal to Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen, confiscated €639,000 in cash from Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman. That's about $700,000, and alongside the $450,000 in cash that was 'stolen' from foreign minister Mahmoud Zahar in Kuwait last month, that's quite impressive. Broke my $#@.

The Jerusalem Post picks up the report:

Dozens of Hamas gunmen blocked the crossing after the money was confiscated. Abu Zuhri was escorted out of the terminal by Ghazi Hamad, a Hamas government spokesman, and a political adviser to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas.

Julio De La Guardia, a spokesman for a European Union contingent that monitors the crossing, said travelers crossing through Rafah must declare all sums over $2,000 and explain its origin.

"He (Abu Zuhri) did not declare that money, he tried to smuggle it," De La Guardia said.

Abu Zuhri's attempt to bring in such a large sum could be an indication of how desperate the cash-strapped Hamas government is to bring in money to pay long-overdue salaries. [It's also an indication that Hamas has access to large sums of cash. Somewhere. CiJ]

Late Thursday night Palestinian Authority police were engaged in a firefight with Hamas activists in Gaza City. Two policemen and one Hamas activist were wounded in the gunfire.

Residents said Hamas gunmen had surrounded the central police station in Gaza City and opened fire, according to an Israel Radio report. Hamas activists belonging to the organization's new security force then rushed to the scene to join the firefight.


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