Israel Protection Forces (IDF) announced on X (previously Twitter) on Saturday that it found a tunnel in Gaza linking two buildings belonging to the UN Aid and Works Company for Palestinians within the Close to East (UNWRA). The IDF claims that the tunnel was utilized by “terrorist[s]” within the ongoing battle with Hamas.
The 700-meter tunnel was found between a UNWRA faculty and the company’s headquarters in Gaza Metropolis. IDF said that the tunnel was full of a lot of weapons and “numerous intelligence belongings.” Moreover, the IDF video posted to X claimed to point out “electrical infrastructure” derived from the UNWRA buildings used to energy the tunnels. The IDF additionally claims that the electrical energy was probably “generated by the gasoline supplied by humanitarian help.”
UNWRA denied they’d any information of the tunnel or its use. The pinnacle of the company, Philippi Lazzarini, stated on X that “UNRWA didn’t know what’s below its headquarters in Gaza” and that the buildings have been empty since October 12, when evacuation orders had been issued. Lazzarini added that the final annual inspection of the services and their environment was accomplished in September 2023. The company claimed that any “suspicious [a]ctivity” would have been reported to each Gazan and Israeli officers.
UNWRA is the topic of two UN investigations into the neutrality of the company and whether or not UNWRA staff took half within the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel. The company not too long ago fired a number of staff after their alleged involvement within the assaults.