Palestinian workers remove debris from buildings which were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City, on August 10, 2016.
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Getting foreign aid to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza has never been easy, but aid workers say Israeli allegations that several of their own colluded with Hamas could make it even harder. In the past week three Palestinian aid workers have been accused of working with Hamas in Gaza, where humanitarians already felt squeezed between restrictions from Israel and the Islamist group which controls the strip.The separate indictments of the Gaza head of major charity World Vision and a U.N. engineer on charges of working for Hamas have been met by aid workers in Gaza with a mixture of skepticism, fear and self-analysis.Israel has long alleged that aid has been diverted to Hamas.Thursday Israel charged Christian charity World Vision's Gaza head Mohammad al-Halabi with diverting millions in aid, while Tuesday an engineer working with the United Nations Development Program was indicted for working with the group.The Shin Bet security service alleged Halabi had diverted up to 60 percent of the NGO's Gaza budget – equating to $7 million a year – to Hamas, a figure every aid worker agreed was impossible without complicity at the highest level.
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