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Middle East: Concern: UN staff involved in Hamas terror?

Middle East: Concern: UN staff involved in Hamas terror?

The UN aid agency is being criticized: What role did employees play in the Hamas attack on October 7th? The Foreign Office welcomes an investigation into the events.

In view of the possible involvement of some employees of the UN Palestinian relief agency UNRWA in the Hamas massacre in Israel, the Foreign Office says it is “deeply concerned”.

The ministry welcomed the fact that UNRWA Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini had released those affected and announced an investigation into the “serious allegations”, the ministry announced on the X platform (formerly Twitter). “We expect it to be thorough and complete.”

Lazzarini must make it clear to the UN aid agency’s staff “that all forms of hatred and violence are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.” UNRWA’s mission is to provide essential and life-saving assistance to the Palestinians, the post continued.

Criminal consequences in prospect

Lazzarini had previously announced that Israel had provided UNRWA with information about the alleged involvement of several employees in Hamas terrorism. The UNRWA Commissioner General and UN Secretary General António Guterres also threatened criminal consequences. The United States temporarily suspended providing additional funding to the UN relief agency.

In the devastating terrorist attacks on October 7 last year, terrorists from Hamas and other extremist Palestinian groups murdered more than 1,200 people in Israel. Israel responded with massive air strikes and a ground offensive. According to the Hamas-controlled health authority, more than 26,000 people were killed.

According to its own information, the federal government supported the UN relief organization with more than 200 million euros in 2023.

Italy stops aid to UN Palestinian relief agency

Because of the alleged involvement of employees of the UN Palestinian relief agency UNRWA in the Hamas massacre in Israel, Italy is now stopping its financial aid to the organization. Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani pointed out that allies such as the USA had made the same decision.

At the same time, the minister assured on the X platform (formerly: Twitter): “We are committed to providing humanitarian aid for the Palestinian population and protecting Israel’s security.”

Source: Stern

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