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.
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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