Israeli intelligence implicates UNRWA employees in abduction and body confiscation.

Israeli intelligence implicates UNRWA employees in abduction and body confiscation.

An Israeli intelligence document that has resulted in several countries suspending funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) claims that some of its employees were involved in abductions and killings during a Hamas-led attack on Israel in October. The dossier alleges that around 190 UNRWA employees, including teachers, were also fighters for Hamas or Islamic Jihad. Palestinian officials have accused Israel of fabricating information to tarnish UNRWA’s reputation. The UN has fired nine of the implicated workers and launched an investigation into the allegations. Israel responded to the October attack with a bombardment, siege, and ground invasion of Gaza, causing significant casualties and destruction. The Israeli document lists 12 individuals, their alleged roles in the attack, job descriptions, and photos, but these findings have not been independently verified. The dossier accuses nine of the employees of crossing into Israel on the day of the attack, with one participating in a kidnapping and another involved in body abduction. Three others are accused of participating in the attacks while one armed himself with an anti-tank missile and another allegedly took photos of a female hostage. Ten of the workers have ties to Hamas, and one to the Islamic Jihad militant group. The funding freeze by donor countries has put UNRWA’s operations in jeopardy, as it provides critical support to 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza. While some countries have continued to fund UNRWA, others have urged donors to resume their cooperation. The allegations have exacerbated


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