Israel's Shin Bet security agency says Mohammed el-Halabi confessed to siphoning about $7.2 million a year to Hamas over a period of five years. Israel indicted el-Halabi Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. World Vision says this figure is more than its total budget of $22.5 million over the last decade.
Israel's Shin Bet security agency says Mohammed el-Halabi confessed to siphoning about $7.2 million a year to Hamas over a period of five years. Israel indicted el-Halabi Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. World Vision says this figure is more than its total budget of $22.5 million over the last decade. AP Photo - Hatem Moussa

World Vision out of Gaza Strip amid Hamas allegations

CHRISTIAN aid group World Vision has suspended its operation in the Gaza Strip amid allegations by Israel that the agency's operations manager in the territory diverted funds to the Islamist group Hamas.

In an August 29 letter, handed to contractors at a meeting in Gaza, the NGO said its bank accounts in Jerusalem had been frozen by Israeli authorities and it was no longer able to transfer money to Gaza, making it impossible to pay them.

The letter said World Vision was living through a big crisis and its sources of funding had been affected. It was written in Arabic and a copy was sent to the Reuters news agency.

"Because of the crisis, we have frozen all our activities in Gaza. Our bank accounts in Jerusalem were frozen by the [Israeli] authorities, which also prevented us from making any transfers to Gaza," it said.

"Because of these conditions that are beyond the control of World Vision, we will not be able to keep your job at the present stage because we will not be able to transfer any salaries or any other payments."

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