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Hamas calls for probe into PA corruption

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasim holds a press conference in Gaza City, Gaza on 22 September 2021. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasim holds a press conference in Gaza City, Gaza on 22 September 2021. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]

Hamas yesterday called for a full investigation to be carried out into corruption in the Palestinian Authority (PA) following a "shocking" report issued by the State Audit Administrative Bureau.

In a statement, Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qasem said: "The shocking corruption of the PA's institutions and the PA government in Ramallah revealed by the State Audit Administrative Bureau reiterated the necessity to open a real and full investigation into the PA's corruption."

All the corrupt PA officials "should be sent to courts", he added.

He said that the "corruption" revealed by the report "reiterates that a small group of PA leaders are controlling the resources of our people and are using them for their personal interests."

"This is a clear theft of public funds, which is the right of every single Palestinian in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip."

"In addition to this corruption, the PA's security cooperation with the Israeli occupation is putting the interests of our people at stake."

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