Gunmen steal $500,000 from Gaza post office

The Gaza government was scheduled to start paying overdue salaries for public servants on Wednesday.

Gunmen steal $500,000 from Gaza post office

World Bulletin / News Desk

Unknown gunmen on Monday snuck into a government post office in Gaza City and stole cash amounting to nearly $500,000, security officials said.

The gunmen entered the post office after the end of the working hours, police spokesman Ayyoub Abu Sha'ar told Anadolu Agency.

However, two employees that were still in the office at the time were held at gunpoint by the gunmen as the latter carried out the robbery, he added.

The spokesman said the masked gunmen had snuck into the post office from the rear entrance, which overlooks a cemetery.

They made it off with the cash, which was denominated in US, Israeli and Jordanian currencies.

According to Abu Sha'ar, an investigation has been launched into the robbery, which occurred just as Gaza's Hamas-led government was scheduled to start paying overdue salaries for its public servants on Wednesday.

The Gaza government has suffered a severe financial crisis since the Egyptian military launched a wide-ranging crackdown on the Egypt-Gaza smuggling tunnels that had served as a main channel of income.

A source with the Gaza Ministry of Finance, however, said the government would pay the salaries as scheduled.

Armed robberies in Gaza are rare, especially when the target is a Hamas government headquarters.

Hamas has been ruling the Gaza Strip for nearly eight years.

Low-level robberies usually target money exchange shops.

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