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Ohio charity accused by US of Hamas ties disbands

Ohio-based charity accused of Hamas ties dissolves; US government froze group's assets in '06 By The Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) ' An Ohio-based charity suspected by the U.S. government of having ties to the militant Islamic group Hamas has disbanded.

Last week's filing comes nearly six years after the Treasury Department essentially closed the charity's operation by ordering U.S. banks to freeze the group's assets. It accused the group of funneling money to a terrorist organization.

Leaders of KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development denied being connected to terrorism and sued the government for not saying why the charity's money was frozen.

The group says it provides up to $6 million a year in humanitarian aid to the world's poor. KindHearts' lawyer declined to comment Monday about the charity's decision to close.

Both sides are working to finalize a settlement. The government expects a deal to be completed by early July.

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