Report: Turkey denies it will send $300 million to Hamas

January 29, 2012 21:28

Turkish Foreign Ministry officials denied reports on Sunday that Turkey has promised to deliver Hamas $300 million in aid money to make up for shortfalls when Iran stopped funneling money last August, Turkish daily Today's Zaman reported.

According to the newspaper, Turkish officials said reports of Turkish aid to the Islamist group were fabricated, saying "there is no cash to Hamas, but Turkey is, of course, engaged in projects to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza."

Reuters reported that Turkey promised Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who visited Turkey for the first time earlier this month, millions of dollars in aid. 

Ankara has made the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip a critical issue in its regional diplomacy, saying the IDF blockade cuts off necessary services for Palestinians.

Israel says the blockade is necessary to prevent Palestinian terrorists from importing materials to make weapons. Jerusalem has argued that it has eased the blockade in the last year.

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