Hamas Leaders Lived Like Wealthy Celebrities in Gaza Terror Reign Before October 7 Massacre
It’s been a busy last few weeks for Israeli troops battling Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. In addition to uncovering large caches of munitions and complex tunnel networks beneath hospitals, UN facilities, and schools, soldiers have located the luxury residential complexes that until recently were homes to some of Hamas’ most senior – and, apparently, most pampered – Hamas leaders.
“It’s a neighborhood of homes belonging to Hamas leaders and very wealthy people,” Col. Elad Tzuri, commander of the IDF’s 7th Brigade, told American media in a phone interview from the neighborhood of Khan Younis, roughly 2 miles from the Mediterranean coast.
The commander described the neighborhood, which also included vacation homes of other Hamas leaders, as “fancy.” “The leaders lived here in very nice homes,” he said. “In the neighborhood where I am right now, we found the home of Gaza’s deputy prime minister. It’s a big and fancy house. …. They lived a fancy life here and were not ashamed of their wealth.”
“It looks like all of Hamas’ money goes either to their leaders or to terror,” he added. Michael Nahum, chief operating officer of the Center for Peace Communications, a D.C.-based think tank, told American media, “The more lavish homes in Khan Younis belonged to Hamas stalwarts and their families, many of whom are originally from there. The corruption of Hamas’ leadership class has been an open secret for years.”
He said Moaz Haniyeh, son of Hamas political bureau chairman Isma’il Haniyeh, even had a nickname of Abu al-Aqarat — Father of Properties — for his extensive real estate holdings in Gaza made possible by his father’s influence. Haniyeh, who lives in Qatar, is said to be worth billions. (FN / VFI News)
“Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.” - Proverbs 11:28