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    Bank of Israel sends millions of shekels to Gaza

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    The Bank of Israel is set to transfer tens of thousands of shekels to the Gaza Strip. This is less than six months after the last time old bank notes were exchanged for new notes. On their website, Hamas claim the amount is 81 million NIS, however senior government sources say the amount is lower than the amount Hamas claim, however they did confirm the approved transfer of the money. Hamas claim 31 million shekels is being sent, in return for unusable bank notes which are causing problems for the Palestinian economy. Meanwhile, Hamas also claimed Israel would be exchanging real bank notes for counterfeit notes a claim the Bank of Israel denies. The Bank of Israel says, the additional money is Palestinian money sent from Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayed to pay workers in the Gaza Strip. The notes will be transferred using fortified trucks.