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Hamas official: No financial corruption in Gaza since 2006
Published Sunday 16/09/2012 (updated) 17/09/2012 15:55
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A money changer pictured in Gaza City.(MaanImages/file)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Not a single case of corruption has been reported in the Hamas-run Ministry of Finance in Gaza since 2006, an official claimed on Sunday.

Ministry official Ismail Mahfouz made the comments while speaking at a Hamas organized panel discussion, adding that 50 percent of Hamas' budget comes from taxes and local revenues.

The finance ministry serves society indirectly through supporting other ministries which provide services, he said. The ministry also provides services to businessmen who import commodities and pay taxes, he added.

"One aspect of the siege on Gaza is the financial siege, and the government has overcome all the obstacles laid to impede its progress," Mahfouz said.

The ministry collects around $3 million per month in tax revenues, adding that despite price rises in the West Bank, the Gaza government only charges 1 shekel per liter of fuel.
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1 ) Robby / USA
16/09/2012 17:55
"Not a single case of corruption has been reported..." - Maybe none have been reported, but it is hardly possible to govern over a million people of 6 years without some corruption.

2 ) Gaza Girl / Gaza, Remal
16/09/2012 19:06
I can't believe you would even publish this. What trash. 1 shekel for fuel? No "reported" corruption? This propaganda is worse than the Zionist Hasbera that fills the minds of thE West.

3 ) ibrahim / palestine
16/09/2012 20:15
"not a single case of corruption has been reported..." hahhaha Whos going to report it,,, NGOs, the people, if they cant even express themselves.

4 ) Giacomo / USA
16/09/2012 21:24
Admadinijad reports, no gays in Iran.

5 ) Tibi / Tubas
16/09/2012 21:38
A Stealing PLO Government is better than A religiously oppressive government, and Particularly since Hamas is war-mongering, and using the Gazan people as human-shields !!!
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