The news about collusion between the United Nations Palestinian aid agency (UNRWA) and Gaza-based terrorist groups shouldn’t comes as a surprise to anyone. Hundreds of Gaza-based UNRWA employees double as terror operatives and dozens of them took part in the October 7 massacre — killing, raping and kidnapping Israelis.
But nothing symbolizes this unholy alliance than the latest discovery of Hamas’s command center right beneath the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza city.
During a search operation in northern Gaza, the IDF soldiers uncovered a tunnel shaft near an UNRWA school that lead them directly to the UN agency’s headquarters.
The subterranean terrorist compound found under UNRWA HQ served as a data center equipped with industrial-grade electronic equipment. Even more shockingly, Israeli soldiers discovered large amounts of weapons and explosives from the UN agency’s own building.
“This 700-meter-long tunnel, 18 meters deep, contained multiple blast doors and various intelligence assets seized by the forces. Intelligence and documents found confirmed the offices’ use by Hamas terrorists. Large quantities of weapons, including rifles, ammunition, grenades and explosives, were uncovered hidden in the building’s offices,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) disclosed Saturday evening [emphasis added].
These findings were found within @UNRWA facilities:
Acting on ISA intelligence, the forces discovered a tunnel shaft near an UNRWA school, leading to an underground terrorist tunnel beneath UNRWA’s main headquarters. The forces found electrical infrastructure inside the tunnel… pic.twitter.com/n5EWJpyI4o
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) February 10, 2024
To remove any lingering doubts, Israeli soldiers found the Hamas command center hooked to the UN agency’s own electricity supply, indicating that UNRWA did not only knew of its existence, but may have helped in setting it up.
“The forces found electrical infrastructure inside the tunnel connected to UNRWA’s main HQ, suggesting it was supplying the tunnel with electricity—generated by the fuel provided through humanitarian aid [emphasis added],” the IDF added.
The sophistication of the terrorist command center beneath the UNRWA office is unlike any underground compound discovered by IDF in Gaza so far. “The subterranean data center, seen by The Times of Israel’s military correspondent on Thursday during an Israel Defense Forces media tour, included an electricity room, industrial battery power banks, and living quarters for alleged Hamas terrorists operating the computer servers,” The Times of Israel revealed.
The exposure of @UNRWA‘s Gaza headquarters’ deep involvement with Hamas, including its use for terror activities and as an access point to terror tunnels, requires immediate action. @UNLazzarini‘s claim of unawareness is not only absurd but also an affront to common sense. His… https://t.co/rINlPbsKVn
— ישראל כ”ץ Israel Katz (@Israel_katz) February 10, 2024
The Israeli military revealed the details of the discovery in a press release on Friday evening:
Over the last two weeks, IDF and ISA [Israel Security Agency] forces have been conducting a division-level targeted raid on terror targets in northern and central Gaza. (…)
Following ISA intelligence, the forces arrived at a tunnel shaft near an UNRWA school. The shaft led to an underground terror tunnel that served as a significant asset of Hamas’ military intelligence and passed under the building that serves as UNRWA’s main headquarters in the Gaza Strip.
The tunnel was 700 meters long and 18 meters deep and contained several blast doors. A wide variety of intelligence assets were seized during the operation. The newly-found intelligence will allow the forces to operate against additional Hamas targets. The dismantling of the tunnel weakens Hamas’ intelligence capabilities.
The forces located electrical infrastructure inside the tunnel connected to UNRWA’s main headquarters, under which the underground tunnel was located, indicating that UNRWA’s facilities supplied the tunnel with electricity.
Following these findings and based on preliminary ISA intelligence, the forces conducted a targeted raid on UNRWA’s central headquarters, which contains offices for various humanitarian and international organizations. Large quantities of weapons were found inside the rooms of the building, including rifles, ammunition, grenades and explosives. Intelligence and documents discovered in the offices of UNRWA officials confirmed that the offices had in fact also been used by Hamas terrorists.
Unbelievable: UNRWA, an official UN Agency, has been colluding with the Hamas terrorist regime for years. Under the HQ in Gaza, Hamas built a subterranean data center and living quarters. Electrical cables ran from inside the HQ into the tunnels. pic.twitter.com/RJQvv83PtJ
— Tammy Ben-Haim (@tammybenhaim) February 11, 2024
The Israel government reportedly wants UNRWA out of Gaza once the Hamas terrorist fighting forces is eliminated. Jerusalem has drawn out plans for kick the disgraced UN agency out the territory, official documents suggest.
“Israel’s Foreign Ministry has put together a classified report calling for the removal of UNRWA from the Gaza Strip in the long-term,” the Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) news agency reported December 31. “The report’s recommendations set out a three-stage process for shrinking and eventually eliminating UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, from the Strip: 1) Prepare a case detailing UNRWA’s cooperation with Hamas; 2) Reduce UNRWA’s field of activity and find replacement service providers; and 3) Transfer UNRWA’s responsibilities to another entity.”
UNRWA says it wrote ‘protest letters’ to Gaza terrorists
This is the key paragraph. UNRWA knew about a “suspicious cavity,” and their response was to write “protest letters.” I’m sure the letter was *very* strongly worded! https://t.co/7N1KuOuLm9 pic.twitter.com/Hrn1Sc4vQF
— Lahav Harkov 🎗️ (@LahavHarkov) February 10, 2024
Writing in Twitter, UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarin claimed that his organization had no cluse about widespread terrorist activities taking place in its facilities. The agency was also unaware that Hamas was digging multistory terrorist complex under its headquarters and laid electric cables though its building, he said.
The UNRWA chief assured that the agency was writing “protest letters” to Hamas terrorists whenever it encountered any ‘suspicious,’ triggering hilarious responses on Twitter.
You know what’s missing from this? UNRWA condemnation of any attempts by Hamas to build tunnels under UN buildings and use international organisations as human shields. That’s what’s missing, Philippe https://t.co/eiFifpWKSx
— Jake Wallis Simons (@JakeWSimons) February 10, 2024
Biden restored UNRWA funding in 2021, reversing Trump’s decision
After recent Israel’s revelations implicated UNRWA staffers in the October 7 massacre and hostage-taking, the Biden administration and several Western countries suspended their funding for the UN agency. The move vindicated President Donald Trump, who in 2018 cut all U.S. funding for the terrorist-infested agency.
Netanyahu says ‘victory is within reach’ as IDF prepares to capture Hamas’s Rafah stronghold
Talking to the ABC News on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured that the victory is within reach” as the Israeli armed forces is posed to destroying Hamas remaining terrorist strongholds in Gaza after fifteen weeks of ground offensive.
The Israeli leader on Friday ordered the IDF to draw up a plan for the military takeover and the civilian evacuation of Rafah, the last major Hamas terror stronghold located on the Gaza-Egypt border.
The ABC News reported ahead of airing the interview on Sunday:
As Israel prepares to launch a ground assault in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ABC News that “victory is within reach.”
“We’re going to do it. We’re going to get the remaining Hamas terrorist battalions in Rafah, which is the last bastion, but we’re going to do it,” Netanyahu said during an interview with “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl, airing Sunday.
PM @netanyahu during ABC interview to air tonight:
“Those who say that under no circumstances should we enter Rafah are basically saying lose the war. Keep Hamas there.” pic.twitter.com/CkFT068Eiq
— Arsen Ostrovsky 🎗️ (@Ostrov_A) February 11, 2024
‘Fauda’ creator Issacharoff on battle for Khan Yunis
Avi Issacharoff, a prominent Israeli journalist and co-creator of the popular TV series Fauda, describes the challenges facing the IDF as its advances though Khan Yunis and prepares to capture Rafah, the southern-most Hamas stronghold on Egypt’s border.
Writing for the Israeli news website YNET, Issacharoff presented the unvarnished truth about the situation in Gaza in wake of the “calamity that the Gazans and Hamas have brought upon themselves.” After talking to the IDF officers on the frontline, he cautioned that “victory isn’t guaranteed yet” and Israel needed to stay the course as Hamas leadership hides in tunnels and among civilians.
Read the excerpts of the YNET article below:
After driving for more than ten minutes from the western border into the depths of the Strip toward Khan Younis, the only sight that meets the eyes is one of utter devastation. It’s a destruction of huge, almost biblical proportions. No home in the area is habitable, and not a single person remains, let alone pets. A few stray cats and dogs roam, appearing to contemplate their steps in bewilderment and confusion.
This is the catastrophe of 2024, a disaster for the Palestinians in every sense. It’s a calamity that the Gazans and Hamas have brought upon themselves. It’s uncertain whether they even comprehend the enormity and extent of the devastation. The daily videos that Hamas releases, which supposedly document strikes on Israeli forces, cannot begin to make up for this disaster, for the extensive damage that will take many long years to repair.
We are now 2.5 miles into the strip, just under two miles from the sea, and yet there are no houses in sight that have been left untouched by significant damage. One can only speculate about the length of time it will take to remove the debris from these houses on “the day after”. On that day, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians will wish to return to their homes, only to find nothing but ruins upon ruins.
Still, no gunfire is heard here. Hamas has retreated, is in hiding, and avoids direct confrontation with IDF soldiers, choosing instead to seek refuge in tunnels. They have abandoned Khan Younis, an emblem of the organization and the military wing’s starting point, allowing it to collapse completely, both above and beneath the ground (…).
“The IDF is functioning like an immense shredder,” an officer described, “progressing incrementally every day.” The brigade’s officers have also elaborated on the extent of the damage inflicted on Hamas: “The Khan Younis Brigade comprises four battalions, and effectively, three of these have been neutralized. What does neutralization entail? It’s not that these battalions lack active members; fighting persists, and daily, many are killed. However, if their leaders are incapacitated or have deserted, if 60-70% of the combatants have been eliminated, and a similar proportion of their weaponry has been damaged or seized by us, then they are regarded as neutralized.
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