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Tuesday, June 04, 2019, 14:30
Hamas says to intensify bitcoin fundraising to overcome financial crisis
By Xinhua
Tuesday, June 04, 2019, 14:30 By Xinhua

A Palestinian man drives a motorcycle past a mural depicting late Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and a masked fighter of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, manning a turret alongside a street in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 14, 2019. (SAID KHATIB / AFP)

GAZA - Islamic Hamas movement announced on Monday that it decided to intensify its electronic fund-raising of Bitcoin, calling on the world to support the movement and its armed wing al-Qassam Brigades.

Abu Obeida, spokesman of the al-Qassam Brigades, said his group plans to send hundreds of millions of messages to the cell phones of millions of Arabs, Muslims and "the people of the free world."

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The messages will be in eight different languages, including Russian, Turkish, Indonesian and Malaysian, he added.

"These messages aim at facilitating the process of electronic fund-raising (Bitcoin) of the resistance group. We call on everyone to deal with these messages, share it and publish it everywhere," Obeida noted.

The Hamas armed wing launched a campaign on Jan. 29 to earn financial support for the first time through the currency of Bitcoin "to fight Israel's attempts to prevent all kinds of support for the movement."

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Hamas has been going through a financial crisis for several years which it blames on an almost 12-year Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.

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