UNRWA has reached a breaking point because of the situation in Gaza.

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By vexwift.com

The head of the UN agency UNRWA warned on Thursday that assistance to Palestinian refugees from the United Nations is extremely difficult.

The agency’s Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi wrote to the President of the UN General Assembly, saying, “It is with great regret that I must now inform you that, as a result of repeated demands from Israel to close the agency, and at a time when there are extraordinary humanitarian needs in Gaza, contributions from donors have been frozen, resulting in UNRWA reaching a breaking point.”

The US and 15 other donors, backed by Israel, have suspended aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinians (UNRWA).

Israeli officials have long criticized UNRWA, alleging that Hamas uses its schools for terrorist activities and that they promote an anti-Israel curriculum. After October 7, accusations and criticism have increased.

Israel claims that UNRWA members were involved in the October 7 attacks. Israel claims, without providing any evidence, that 12 percent of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff members are members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and that at least 236 of them are active terrorists in the armed wings of these groups.

The organization’s workers, who Israel claimed were involved in the October 7 attacks, were suspended and investigated. However, Israel later began to indict the entire organization.

In the Security Council
The Israeli delegate even said that Hamas in Gaza is the United Nations and the United Nations is Hamas.”

UNRWA’s response

Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini, head of UNRWA, said that since the ICJ ruling, some Israeli officials have linked UNRWA to Hamas, there has been a concerted effort to disrupt the operations of UNRWA and demand the dissolution of the organization.

Investigation against the institution

The United Nations has ordered another impartial review of UNRWA’s working practices. It is chaired by former French foreign minister Catherine Colonna, who will present the final report in April. She met the UN Secretary General on Thursday to discuss her work.

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