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Israeli intelligence accuses 190 UN employees of helping Hamas militants in Gaza

Israeli intelligence accuses 190 UN employees of helping Hamas militants in Gaza Illustrative photo (Getty Images)

Israeli intelligence said 190 UN staff were involved in the abductions and killings of a raid on October 7 last year that sparked the war in the Gaza Strip, reports Reuters.

The six-page dossier claims that some 190 employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), including teachers, have doubled as Hamas or Islamic Jihad militants. Reuters has names and pictures for 11 of them.

One of the 11 is a school counselor accused in an Israeli dossier of providing unspecified assistance to his son in the kidnapping of a woman during a Hamas infiltration that killed 1,200 people and abducted 253, according to Israel.

Another, a UNRWA social worker, is accused of unspecified participation in transporting the body of a slain Israeli soldier to Gaza and coordinating the movement of pick-up trucks used by the raiders and the supply of weapons.

A third Palestinian named in the dossier is accused of participating in atrocities in the Israeli border village of Beeri, where a tenth of its residents were killed.

A fourth is accused of participating in the attack on Reim, where a captured army base was located and where more than 360 revelers died.

A newspaper source who showed the Israeli intelligence dossier said it was compiled by Israeli intelligence and then passed on to the United States, which suspended funding to UNRWA on Friday.

Refusal to fund UNRWA

Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Finland have joined the US, Australia, and Canada in suspending funding to the aid agency, the main source of support for Gazans, following the accusations from Israel.

At the same time, UN Secretary-General António Guterres promised to bring to justice any UN employee involved in the acts of terror on October 7.