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Over 12 staffers allegedly involved in attack on Israel

Resume funding to agency in Gaza: UN


Gaza Strip, January 28

The Secretary-General of the United Nations on Sunday called on countries to resume funding the main agency providing aid in the Gaza Strip after over 12 employees were accused of taking part in the Hamas attack on Israel that ignited the war four months ago.

Those affected must be helped

The abhorrent alleged acts of these staff members must have consequences. The dire needs of the desperate populations they serve must be met. — Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

The dispute engulfing the UN agency for Palestinian refugees came as US officials said negotiators were closing in on a cease-fire agreement.

The emerging deal would bring a two-month halt to the deadliest-ever Israeli-Palestinian violence, which has stoked instability across the Middle East.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the agency known as UNRWA would be forced to scale back aid to more than 2 million Palestinians in Gaza as soon as February.

The coastal enclave is in the grip of a severe humanitarian crisis, with a quarter of the population facing starvation as fighting and Israeli restrictions hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid to the besieged territory.

“The abhorrent alleged acts of these staff members must have consequences,” Guterres said in a statement.

“But the tens of thousands of men and women who work for UNRWA, many in some of the most dangerous situations for humanitarian workers, should not be penalised. The dire needs of the desperate populations they serve must be met,” he added. — Agencies

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