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Report: UN Agency in Gaza Returns Missiles to Hamas

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UN officials are suspected of returning 20 missiles back to Hamas after the missiles were found at a UN school last week in Gaza.

Although the UN agency responsible for the school, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency) stated they have “informed the relevant parties and successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects,” a report by Israel’s Channel Two says the agency returned the missiles to Hamas.

Given the history of UNRWA, the report is credible. Last summer, in an article titled “UN Agency Funds 'Camp Jihad' for Palestinian Children”, Clarion Project reported how Palestinian children in summer camps run by UNRWA were being taught that "Jews are the wolf," and how Palestinians will one day conquer Israeli cities by force. The article featured a short film titled “Camp Jihad," which shows shocking footage of what the children learned in UNRWA’s summer programs.

The allegations come amid recent calls for the immediate suspension of UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness for trying to promote Hamas by facilitating interviews for the international media with a professor who condones terrorism against civilians.

“Rather than denouncing Hamas’s targeting of innocent civilians, Mr. Gunness is shamelessly promoting an individual who shares Hamas’s morally reprehensible convictions,” said Ron Prosor, Israeli amabassador to the UN, in a letter to Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General. “Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization, deliberately embeds its military operations in residential areas and exploits its own civilian population as human shields. These actions constitute war crimes and should be condemned in no uncertain terms. In failing to do so, Mr. Gunness is ignoring Hamas’s abuse of the civilian population in Gaza and acting in opposition to UNRWA’s mandate.”

Upon discovery of the rockets found in the school, Israeli officials requested that UNRWA provide them with a picture of the missiles. However, UNRWA refused the request, even though they confirmed that the missiles were found.

In a statement, UNRWA maintained that the incident was “the first of its kind in Gaza" and "endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.”

Prosor, speaking at an emergency session of the UN’s Security Council, said, “Yesterday, UNRWA admitted that it mysteriously found 20 missiles in one of its schools. I’m sure that if UNRWA takes the time to check its other facilities, it will discover that this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Hamas is using UN facilities to commit a double war crime by targeting Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians.”

In the current conflict, it is estimated that Hamas has fired more than 1,500 rockets at Israeli civilians in the last two weeks. Further, as in previous conflicts, Hamas has openly advocated and used the Palestinian people – including children – as human shields as a matter of policy.

Hamas militants have recently been seen boarding ambulances filled with Palestinian children, the terrorist groups’ headquarters is located in the basement of Shifa hospital in Gaza and the group has warned its citizens not to leave their houses after receiving warnings by the Israeli military to evacuate due to danger.

At the beginning of the conflict, Hamas operatives brought citizens to gather on the roof of the house of a senior Hamas member after being warned by the Israeli army that the house was targeted for destruction.

Hamas routinely launches missiles from densely populated area, embedding itself among the Palestinian population of Gaza.

Update:  UNRWA Admits Finding More Rockets Hidden in Gaza School; Second Time in a Week

In the following video, a Hamas spokesman can be seen justifying — and advocating — the use of human shields:

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org