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British Seek to Curb Hamas Funds

March 13, 1996
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The British government has taken steps to curb the transfer of funds to Hamas, the militant Islamic movement that claimed responsibility for a series of deadly bombing attacks in Israel.

The bank accounts of the Palestinians’ Relief and Development Fund, a charity also known as Interpal, were temporarily closed by the British government

The fund, as well as Palestine and Lebabno Relief Fund, were put under surveillance by British intelligence.

Israeli authorities have accused the two organizations of raising more than $1.5 million for Hamas.

The Times of London reported that there might be as many as six British charities sending funds to Hamas.

These funds, which support the families of the suicide bombers, serve as an incentive for recruiting terrorists.

A spokesman for Interpal reportedly denied that the group funds terrorist activities, adding that Interpal solely supports social welfare activities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

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