UN condemns Hamas for tunnel under schools in Gaza

Claudine Rigal
Juin 11, 2017

It said Aeid Jomaa, 35, was killed and six others wounded on Friday.

A United Nations inquiry into the 2014 Gaza war confirmed that at least three UNRWA schools were used by Palestinian terrorists to hide weapons and that rockets were likely fired from them on at least two occasions.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said hundreds of Palestinians had gathered along the fence and were throwing stones and burning tyres. It said in the "violent riot", Palestinians tried to damage the fence and that soldiers opened fire when the protestors ignored calls and warning shots to stop.

JERUSALEM — A United Nations aid agency that helps Palestinians in Gaza condemned the territory's Hamas rulers on Friday after discovering a tunnel running under two of its schools for boys.

Netanyahu's remarks came after UNRWA faced backlash over the weekend after the body announced discovering a Hamas tunnel underneath two of their schools in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has built a sophisticated network of terror tunnels in the Gaza Strip and running into Israel, used for storing weapons, smuggling and terrorist infiltrations into Israel.

"It is unacceptable that students and staff are placed at risk in such a way", it said, adding that it "robustly intervened and protested to Hamas".

UNRWA condemned the tunnel "in the strongest possible terms" and held Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza, accountable for its construction.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum denied the tunnel belonged to his or any other Gaza militant group.

In 2014, Israel's offensive in Gaza claimed the lives of at least 2,125 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 71 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency in charge of Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, territories in the West Bank, as well as east Jerusalem and has founded schools across the region.

USA -brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014.

Thirty-seven Israelis, two American tourists and a British student have been killed in the violence, which has slowed in recent months but not stopped.

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