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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip, AP -A Hamas government minister returned to the Gaza Strip on Thursday with $2 million in his luggage for his money-starved government, a day after the foreign minister brought $20 million in cash into the coastal strip.

Security officials said Information Minister Yousef Rizka turned over the money to the Finance Ministry after crossing the border Thursday.

Fearing U.S. anti-terrorism sanctions, international banks have refused to allow Hamas to transfer money electronically to the Palestinian areas. In recent days, Hamas officials have taken matters into their own hands, physically carrying donations in their luggage.

Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar arrived with $20 million on Wednesday.

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