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UN condemns Hamas for tunnel under schools in Gaza

UN agency blasts Hamas after tunnel found under schools

This dramatic shift is long overdue in a region where refugee populations have grown enormously but where Palestinians continue to receive overdue attention. The agency now helps over five million registered Palestinian refugees across the region, according to the UNRWA's own statistics.

The United States, Israel's main ally, was the biggest donor to UNRWA previous year, pledging $368mn.

At its root, UNRWA effectively argues that - regardless of the reality - all Palestinians are refugees and victims of an Israeli "occupation".

This week the Israeli PM said Palestinian refugees should be treated the same as the world's many millions of other refugees, who are all supported by another UN body, under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which has also drawn scorn from Israeli leaders.

UNWRA said Friday it "condemns the existence of such tunnels in the strongest possible terms".

The tunnel was come across on accident by United Nations members.

He said UNRWA will seal the tunnel, which was discovered while the schools were empty during the summer holiday.

UNRWA stressed that the tunnel had no entry or exit points on the schools' premises and wasn't connected to the school buildings.

But, for him, Hamas agreeing to do so could "avoid more catastrophes". Maj-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, did however recommend that Israel should grant the PA's request.

"Those who will bear the consequences of this decision are the Israeli enemy, who is besieging the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas", he added.

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You can't blame Abbas for taking a tough line against Hamas.

Since taking control of Gaza in June 2007, Hamas has worked to bring residents under Sharia (Islamic) law.

The identical letter was also sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Gunerres, Danon noted. "This latest abuse is not only a flagrant misuse of United Nations premises and civilian infrastructure, but more important, is a direct threat to the safety and security of children". After the Arab-Israel war of 1948-1949 and the formation of the Jewish state of Israel, Gaza came under Egyptian administration, but was never annexed.

"Despite the repeated efforts of my delegation, our reports of Hamas' military buildup and use of children in military campaigns have fallen on deaf ears". Mladenov exclaimed in a tweet on Saturday.

Masked militants from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas. The UNRWA condemned the construction of the tunnels as a violation of its neutrality and protested it to Hamas.

Ten years ago this week Hamas seized control of Gaza following street battles with Fatah loyalists.

In recent weeks there have been violent skirmishes on the Israel-Gaza border with Palestinian demonstrators shot and killed when previously Hamas prevented the demonstrators from getting near the border.

Egypt's list of demands included that Hamas hand over 17 men wanted by Cairo on terror charges, the end of weapons smuggling into Sinai, greater security at the border and intelligence on tunnel movements into Gaza, Asharq al-Awsat reported. In fact, reports abound that United Nations members are actually in league with the jihadists.

Last week, Egypt has cut its diplomatic ties with Qatar, citing several reasons including the latter's support to Hamas.

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