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IDF says it busted Hamas financing ring at West Bank university

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

The Israel Defense Forces says it recently arrested a number of students at the Birzeit University near Ramallah for allegedly funneling funds for the Hamas terror group.

Avichay Adraee, the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesman says on Twitter that the students were arrested in possession of credit cards they used to finance Hamas activities in the West Bank.

The funds allegedly came from Hamas in Gaza, as well as operatives based in Turkey, Adraee says.

Adraee says the money would be brought into the West Bank by couriers under the guise of humanitarian cases or for work purposes, and then the suspects would withdraw it from ATMs in Ramallah.

Israel often arrests Palestinian university students in the West Bank for affiliation with Hamas or other terror groups.

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