Israel Arrests Chief of Turkish Group in Gaza for Allegedly Aiding Hamas

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The Jerusalem Post reports: The state and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) have announced the indictment and arrest of the head of a Turkish humanitarian aid group in Gaza for financing Hamas’s military wing.

Gaza resident Muhammad Murtaja, 39, was arrested by the Shin Bet in February while attempting to depart from Israel on a trip related to his position as the Gaza coordinator of the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).

The Southern District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment against Murtaja with the Beersheba District Court this past Thursday, but both the indictment and arrest were only declassified on Tuesday. Since 2011, Murtaja has also worked with the Turkish organization IHH (Humanitarian Relief Organization), which Israel views as a terrorist organization.

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