Date: 07 / 02 / 2008 Time: 15:53
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Egyptian authorities have seized more than a million dollars in forged US currency allegedly produced in the Gaza Strip since the Gaza-Egypt border was toppled by Palestinian fighters two weeks ago, Egyptian sources told Ma'an on Thursday.
The sources expect more counterfeit banknotes to be discovered, as hundreds of dollars are being found every day. Egyptian merchants in towns bordering Gaza, such as Al-Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zwaid have helped investigators by saving counterfeit bills.
Most of the forged bills are not being reused, as merchants have been warned by the Egyptian government to double-check currency before accepting it.
The Egyptian security services refused to lay blame for the flood of forged money until investigations have completed.
However, Egyptian reiterated on Thursday that the border with the Gaza Strip will not again be violated again.
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