Police shut down suspected Hamas office in east J'lem

June 20, 2010 19:41

Armed with recently-acquired intelligence information and an order signed by Police Insp. Gen. David Cohen, Jerusalem Police on Sunday shut down an office in the eastern section of the city that had allegedly been used by Hamas as a fundraising and recruitment center.

No violent incidents were reported as officers arrived at the office, located at 19 Haroun el-Rashid Street – near the Herod's Gate entrance to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City – and carried out the order to shut it down.

Jerusalem Police Spokesman Shmulik Ben-Ruby confirmed that one man had been inside the office when police arrived early Sunday afternoon, although he was not taken in for questioning and complied with police orders to vacate the premises while the office was shuttered.

Ben-Ruby added that the office had been a managerial branch of the movement, used for raising funds and recruitment, and was not part of Hamas’ military wing.

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