Saudi Arabia arrests top Hamas official: reports

Published April 20th, 2015 - 07:30 GMT
Unconfirmed reports say the Hamas leader was arrested in the Gulf on charges of money laundering and fund smuggling across the Saudi Arabian border. (AFP/File)
Unconfirmed reports say the Hamas leader was arrested in the Gulf on charges of money laundering and fund smuggling across the Saudi Arabian border. (AFP/File)

Saudi Arabian authorities arrested a high-ranking Hamas official who served as the Gaza-based militant organization’s financial branch outside of the Strip, according to an unconfirmed report in the Egyptian Al-Youm al-Saba’a newspaper on Monday.

The report stated that Maher Salah had been apprehended in the gulf state several months ago on suspicion that he laundered money and illegally smuggled funds across the Saudi Arabian border, according to Israel Radio.
 

Eight months after a ruinous war with Israel, the reconstruction of Gaza has barely begun, and Hamas remains its power despite expectations that it cede some of its power to West Bank-based Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Aid agencies and analysts say that prospects for recovery have been hampered by the political wrangling from Hamas and Fatah, the continued embargo and a slow response from donor countries.


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