UN condemns Hamas for tunnel under schools in Gaza

Discovered by United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) workers on June 1, the tunnel is claimed to be the work of Hamas, according to the Times of Israel.

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.

Israel says seven Arabs were arrested over a plot to kill army officers for Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers to avenge the killing of one its members.

Referring to a meeting he held in Jerusalem on Wednesday with Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the U.N., Netanyahu said: "I told her it was time the United Nations re-examine UNRWA's existence".

He said that while millions of other refugees around the world were cared for by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), only the Palestinians have their own body.

The UNRWA was created in 1949 in the wake of Israel's War of Independence.

"Therefore it is time to dismantle UNRWA and merge its parts into the UNHCR", he added.

UNRWA employees have been implicated in anti-Semitism, incitement to terrorism and actions of terrorism.

With the exception of Jordan, the Arab countries that accepted them have refused to provide citizenship; rather, they remain confined to refugee camps.

Also, the soldiers, stationed in the Nahal Oz military base, across the fence, fired gas bombs into Palestinian lands, causing dozens of residents to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation. Furthermore we demand they desist from any activities or conduct that put beneficiaries and staff at risk and undermine the ability of United Nations staff to provide assistance to Palestine refugees in safety and security.

Hamas representatives acknowledged that the organization respects the work of the UNRWA.

Attack tunnels were a key weapon for Hamas during the 2014 Gaza war.

Netanyahu said Hamas is "using schoolchildren as human shields and this is the enemy that we have been fighting against for many years, an enemy that is committing a twofold war crime. On the one hand, it first attacks innocent civilians and then hides behind children", Netanyahu said.

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