UK sanctions enforcer targets aid charities working in Gaza
31 March 2023
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Tom Keatinge, director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute, told MEE that the letter raised questions about why OFSI was seeking the information requested, and how its disclosure would support compliance. “I am wondering if someone in OFSI has recently woken up to the fact that, given the control Hamas has of Gaza, there is likely to be some sort of financial connection between the provision of utilities and municipal services and Hamas - with the associated implications,” Keatinge told MEE. “The fact that the letter includes the threat of an offence seems unnecessarily heavy-handed".