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December 12, 2014

Major Muslim Charity Says Audit Rebuts Claim of Hamas Link

Aid charity Islamic Relief Worldwide says a review of its finances and operations by a leading global audit firm refutes Israel's claim that it is supporting terrorism, the BBC reports. Israel barred Islamic Relief from working in the West Bank earlier this year, alleging that it passed donated funds to Hamas, which Israel and other countries consider a terrorist group.

Islamic Relief said the audit firm—which it agreed not to identify due to "sensitivities in the region"—reviewed paperwork, visited projects, and spoke to staff and aid recipients and found "absolutely no evidence" of terrorism ties. The U.K.-based organization is active in more than 40 countries and received $5-million in development aid from the British government last year. The Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella group of leading U.K. relief charities, said it had reviewed the audit report and endorsed its findings.