Hamas finansierer deler av sin virksomhet med å rane internasjonale nødhjelpstransporter og selge mat og medisiner videre til blodpris. Også ikke-økonomiske motiver ligger bak denne strategien – terrororganisasjonen slår politisk mynt på forverringen av den humanitære situasjonen i Gaza:
Reports say Hamas takes a cut out of all aid that arrives, including flour and medicine. Supplies intended to be distributed without gain among the population is seized by the group and sold to the residents, at a profit to the Hamas government.
One such incident was recorded Monday, when a convoy of trucks carrying supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing was opened fire upon and seized by Hamas gunmen. Similar incidents occurred with trucks carrying fuel.
Gazas innbyggere vet godt hva som foregår, men våger ikke protestere:
Despite this, no authoritative anti-Hamas sentiments have been heard from the Gazans. However Palestinian sources claim that grievances against the group are voiced in secret. The animosity towards Israel has not disappeared, say the sources, but it is now accompanied by bitterness towards the organization many are dubbing Iranian in its extremism.