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Israel accuses Turkey of aiding Hamas

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

has accused of helping the Palestinian Islamist movement to gain in military strength, following its arrest and deportation of a Turkish citizen.

The intelligence agency said yesterday the movement's "economic and military activity in takes place unhindered as Turkish officials turn a blind eye and -- on occasion -- encourage it".

"This activity relies on -- inter alia -- business platforms that serve in laundering funds that are transferred to Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and used in recruiting Israelis to its ranks," it said.

said Turkish national was arrested on January 1 on suspicion of aiding and later deported.

His alleged accomplice, Dharam Jabarin, an Arab Israeli, had also been arrested and is to be put on trial, the agency said.

"In Tekeli's investigation, it was learned that contributes to the military strengthening of Hamas," according to Shin Bet, which said the movement had laundered millions of dollars through Turkey.

Turkey has condemned a US decision to put the of Hamas, which rules Gaza, on its terror blacklist, saying it hoped the move would not have a negative impact on Ankara's humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territory.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 02:15 IST