Israel accuses UNRWA staff of participating in Hamas attack, leading to funding suspensions and potential agency collapse
Why it matters
The accusations have led to funding suspensions for UNRWA, potentially causing a collapse of the agency and impacting aid delivery in Gaza.
What the papers say
The Times of Israel emphasizes Defense Minister Yoav Gallant's public revelation of the identities of the accused UNRWA staff, while The Guardian highlights the US intelligence assessment that some accusations were credible but could not be independently verified. Politico focuses on the EU's wavering over funding, while AP News stresses the urgency of new EU funding for UNRWA due to the potential ground assault on Rafah. The New York Times provides background on previous investigations into UNRWA staff involvement with Hamas.
How we got here
The accusations against UNRWA staff have led to funding suspensions from several countries, potentially causing the agency to cease operations in Gaza.
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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East is a UN agency that supports the relief and human development of Palestinian refugees.
Israel, formally known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.
Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist militant organization. It has a social service wing, Dawah, and a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.
The European Union is a political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. Its members have a combined area of 4,233,255.3 km² and an estimated total population of about 447 million.
The United States of America, commonly known as the United States or America, is a country mostly located in central North America, between Canada and Mexico.
Josep Borrell Fontelles is a Spanish politician. A member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, he serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation since 2018.
The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza, is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km border.