Staff members purportedly implicated in the October 7 attacks are fired by a UN agency

The UN organization that provides aid in Gaza announced on Friday that some of its employees would have their contracts “immediately” terminated due to accusations made by Israel that they were complicit in the October 7 strikes. Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) said that the organization received “information” from Israeli authorities claiming that multiple UNWRA staff members were involved in Hamas’ murderous incursion into southern Israel, during which the extremist organization murdered at least 1,200 people and kidnapped over 250 more. The claimed involvement of the employees is the subject of an investigation, and Lazzarini stated that anyone responsible will be held accountable “including through criminal prosecution.

 

The Israeli Foreign Ministry expressed its approval of the inquiry to CNN on Friday. It stated, “In order to ensure the organization’s humanitarian activity is not taken advantage of, it is crucial that UNRWA conduct a thorough internal check on the activity of Hamas and other terrorist factors in its ranks.” The report was released just hours after the three major parties involved in the dispute welcomed a verdict by the UN’s top court ordering Israel to take immediate action to end genocide in Gaza, without explicitly asking for a ceasefire.

 

A representative for the State Department, Matt Miller, stated in a statement on Friday that Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “emphasize the necessity of a thorough and swift investigation of this matter.” Miller continued, “The US has contacted the Israeli government for further details on the allegations.” Members of Congress have also been briefed by them. Regarding the information Israel gave UNRWA and the nature of the alleged involvement of UNRWA personnel, CNN has contacted both UNRWA and the Israeli authorities.

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