Three arrests made after IDF exposes fake travel agency; IDF: This dirty money funded terror activity and Hamas salaries; IDF, Israeli Police raided illegal weapons manufacturing site in Bethlehem.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) exposed a Hamas funding network under the guise of a travel agency active in Judea and Samaria. The fake travel agency, known as “Al-Haramain,” was transferring money from the Gaza Strip and West Bank, the IDF making three arrests on Wednesday. The IDF Spokespersons Unit confirmed Wednesday, “Instead of booking hotels, Al-Haramain has in fact been operating a Hamas money-laundering ring, transferring illicit terror funds from Gaza to the West Bank. This dirty money funded terror activity and Hamas salaries.”
Brothers Ibrahim and Khalid Matsafar and Muhammad Abu Salim from the village of Mazra al-Nuwani are currently in custody, and an active investigation is underway.
The IDF and Israeli Police also conducted a raid overnight Wednesday on an illegal weapons manufacturing site in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. The IDF continues to thwart and expose Hamas terror rings in the West Bank. In April of this year, it foiled a bombing attack in Ma’ale Adumim planned around Israel’s national elections.