Hamas says it has no bank accounts

Sept. 8, 2003 at 8:34 AM

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Hamas says the United States can't freeze bank assets of six leaders of the Palestinian militant group because they have none.

The Bush administration announced earlier it would seek to freeze assets of the Hamas leaders along with European and Lebanese charities that allegedly finance terrorism.

Osama Hamdan, a Hamas representative in Lebanon, said neither he nor any of the other Hamas members cited in the U.S. decision has a bank account, the World Tribune reported Monday.

Others on the U.S. list include Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, his heir, Abdul Aziz Rentisi, politburo chief Khaled Masha'al, Mussa Abu Marzouk and Imad Alami, according to Middle East Newsline.

Hamdan told the Beirut-based Al Liwa'a daily President Bush's decision lacks credibility.

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