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Financial crisis threatens to silence Hamas broadcasts

Hamas-affiliated channel Al-Aqsa TV fears financial woes could force it to stop broadcasting for the first time since 2006.

A last-minute, partial debt payment is keeping Hamas' broadcast wing in the Gaza Strip on air — for now — but the organization still faces a financial crisis that threatens what is left of its media assets.

Hamas’ financial woes have worsened in recent years for several reasons: declining Iranian support since 2012, Egypt's campaign to close off smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Sinai since 2013 and shrinking financial donations from abroad. This is all on top of the pressure that weighs on Hamas from the United States, Israel and some Arab countries that accuse the movement of funding terrorism.

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