Despite Hamas' heated denials, the director of the Gaza Water Authority confirmed IDF Army Radio reports that Gazan engineers visited Israel two months ago to learn more about water treatment.
The visit was coordinated by the World Bank in an effort to transfer expertise in water treatment to Gaza. The engineers visited an Israeli water-treatment plant in Rishon LeTzion.
The director says that his organization is not connected to Hamas and acts independently, getting its revenue directly from the people served.
Hamas had claimed that the report was a sheer fabrication by Israel, "designed to tarnish the reputation of Hamas and its institutions."