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Hamas Spokesman Caught With $800,000

From the terrorist enabling folks at Reuters:

Sami Abu Zuhri

Hamas aide caught at border with 639,000 euros

Fri May 19, 2006

GAZA (Reuters) – Rival Palestinian forces rushed to the Gaza border on Friday after customs police caught a Hamas official trying to enter from Egypt with 639,000 euros ($804,000) hidden in his clothing, officials and witnesses said.

Around 100 Hamas gunmen raced to the Rafah border crossing, which is guarded by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s presidential guard, raising fears of a fresh Palestinian infighting.

Witnesses said presidential guard reinforcements were also sent to the area.

Palestinian officials said Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, was refusing to leave the border terminal without the money, which was confiscated by Palestinian customs agents.

The masked Hamas gunmen said they would not leave the scene without Abu Zuhri, who is the official spokesman of the Hamas movement rather than the Hamas-led government.

Palestinian police fought gunbattles in Gaza City on Friday with a new Hamas-led security force set up by the Islamist government in defiance of Abbas. At least four people were wounded in the first fighting since Hamas deployed the force on Wednesday.

Facing a U.S.-led funding and banking blockade, the government is broke and has been unable to pay salaries to 165,000 employees.

Samir Abu Nahla, the Palestinian director of the Rafah crossing, said Abu Zuhri "was wrapping the money around his belly and that was an illegal act".

"According to the law, we have confiscated the money and an investigation should be held to determine whether it came from a legitimate source," Abu Nahla told Reuters, adding that agents have seized Abu Zuhri’s passport as well.

A Hamas source said the money was inside the pockets of Abu Zuhri’s jacket.

A spokesman for the contingent of European monitors at Rafah said this was the first time that such a large amount of money had been confiscated at the crossing.

Yep.

We need to send more aid.

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