The leaders of the Hamas terrorist group lead a luxurious life and do not deny themselves limousines, villas and private jets.
Since 1990 and until now, militant leaders have controlled almost all financial flows in the Gaza Strip, and their families have been swimming in money and vacationing at luxury resorts far beyond Gaza.
Bild writes about this writes.
"Many people perceive the Gaza Strip as a symbol of Palestinian suffering and poverty. The tiny coastal strip is home to more than 2 million people, 39% of whom are unemployed. However, there are several hundred dollar millionaires among them. These are Hamas leaders who live in luxurious villas, boast about limousines on social media and stay in the most expensive hotels," the publication writes.
Thus, the leader of Hamas and the head of the Gaza government, 61-year-old Ismail Haniyeh has been living abroad since 2019. Haniyeh directs the militants from luxury hotels in Qatar and Turkey. He travels between Tehran, Istanbul, Moscow and Cairo by private jet.
His son Maaz – is a major real estate owner in Gaza, where he is called the "father of houses". In Turkey, he is often seen with women and alcohol, which is against Islamic law. The approximate wealth of the Haniyeh family is $2.5 billion. Khaled Mashal, 67 years old, is the former head of the Hamas political bureau, who fled Damascus to Qatar in 2012 with $1.5 billion. He now controls the group's real estate and financial operations from Doha.
Musa Abu Marzouk, 72 years old – is the second most important Hamas leader in charge of international relations. He lived for 14 years in the United States, where six of his children were born. His fortune is estimated at $2 billion.
Yunis Kafisheh, 67 years old – responsible for Hamas finances, lives in Istanbul. The Turkish president issued him a Turkish passport in the name of Hashmet Aslan. A construction firm operates in Turkey on behalf of Hamas, which earned about 2 million euros in 2022.
"Hamas has amassed vast wealth and resources from secret real estate deals, while the Gaza Strip is further destabilized, sliding into abject poverty and economic ruin", says US Assistant Treasury Secretary Elizabeth Rosenberg.