Palestinian Mohammed Halabi (L), the Gaza director of World Vision, a major US-based Christian NGO, looks on during his indictment at a district court in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva on August 4, 2016.
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World Vision, a U.S.-based Christian aid group that works in nearly 100 countries, dismissed Israeli claims its employee funneled money to Palestinian group Hamas Thursday as "untrue," after the Shin Bet announced his arrest. Israel's internal security agency said it has arrested a senior employee of the international aid group World Vision in the Gaza Strip, Mohammad al-Halabi, accusing him of siphoning millions of dollars of the charity's funds and transferring them to Hamas.Halabi established a "systematic and sophisticated mechanism" to divert up to $50 million over the years to the militant group, which rules Gaza, creating fictitious humanitarian projects and doctoring inflated receipts in order to get the funds to Hamas, the Shin Bet said. Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, commander of Israel's occupation body COGAT, said in an Arabic video address that Halabi confessed to funneling World Vision funding to Hamas.
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