Palestinian girls stand at the entrance of a project by the Christian charity World Vision, in Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip.
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Evidence against World Vision worker doesn't stack upHis company is accused of helping to divert millions of dollars in funds to Hamas, but Gaza businessman Saqer Alatar insists he barely knows the NGO worker at the center of the storm. Various people involved with aid programs in Gaza, including Alatar, as well as the U.S.-based charity and those who know Halabi have told AFP the allegations against him – at least those made public – do not add up.Halabi's family is well known in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave of 1.9 million people.A World Vision source said an external investigator was brought in after one of its accountants fired in 2015 made allegations against Halabi, including Hamas links.The companies overcharged World Vision and gave the money back to Halabi for Hamas, it says."Of all the international organizations in Gaza, maybe I deal with World Vision the least," said Alatar, who has not been charged in the case.His company's annual contracts from World Vision were never worth more than $70,000 at most and some years far less, he said. World Vision told AFP its contracts with Alatar were worth $330,000 over 10 years, and with the other firm, Arcoma, $400,000 in a five year period.
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