Agenția Națiunilor Unite de Ajutorare și Lucrări pentru Refugiații Palestinieni acuzată de implicare în atacul Hamas
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) employees have been accused by Israel of involvement in the October 7th attack carried out by Hamas fighters, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people, mostly civilians. Following these revelations, the US, Australia, and Canada have announced the temporary suspension of any funding provided to the agency, as reported by AFP, cited by Agerpres.
The first reaction came from Washington, on Friday, when US authorities announced the temporary suspension of funding. Saturday saw a similar decision coming from Australia and Canada.
“We are in discussions with our partners and will temporarily suspend payment of recent funding,” said Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong in a message posted on X. “We welcome UNRWA’s immediate response, including the termination of contracts (nr. the staff accused of involvement in the attack), as well as the announcement of an investigation into the allegations against the organization,” she continued.
Similarly, Canadian Minister of International Development Ahmed Hussen announced on Friday that “he has temporarily suspended all additional funds for UNRWA while the agency undertakes a thorough investigation into these allegations.”
“Canada takes these allegations extremely seriously and is closely engaged with UNRWA and other donors on this issue,” Hussen wrote on X. “If these allegations prove to be true, Canada expects UNRWA to take immediate action against those identified as being involved in Hamas’ terrorist attacks,” he added, noting that Ottawa is “deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and continues to call for rapid, sustainable, and unhindered transit of essential aid.”
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) announced on Friday that it had been informed of its employees’ involvement in the October 7th attack and had launched an investigation.
“Israeli authorities have provided UNRWA with information regarding the alleged involvement of several UNRWA employees in the dreadful attacks on Israel on October 7th. (…) To protect the agency’s ability to provide humanitarian assistance, we have decided to immediately terminate the contracts of these staff members and launch an inquiry to establish the truth without delay,” announced the agency’s Commissioner-General, Philippe Lazzarini, in a statement on Friday.
Lazzarini did not specify the number of employees suspected of being linked to the attacks or the nature of their alleged involvement, but stated that “any UNRWA employee involved in acts of terrorism” will be held accountable, including through criminal prosecution.
Established in 1949, after the first Arab-Israeli war, UNRWA provides services, including education, primary healthcare, and humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.