UNRWA Chief Admits Hamas Hid Weapons in Facilities
Krahenbuhl acknowledges storing of rockets in schools, clinics during last summer’s war, but criticizes Israel for hitting UNRWA facilities.
Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, the UN body tasked with aiding “Palestinian refugees,” admitted on Wednesday that Hamas terrorists hid weapons at UNRWA facilities during their terror war against Israel last summer.
“We were the ones who found the weapons caches in our facilities during inspections,” Krahenbuhl told Yedioth Aharonoth in an interview. “The reason that the whole world knew about it is that we told them.”
Krahenbuhl’s reference is to at least three separate occasions in which rockets were found at UNRWA facilities. After the first finding of rockets at an UNRWA school, UNRWA workers reportedly called Hamas to come remove them.
Likewise, a booby-trapped UNRWA clinic was detonated, killing three IDF soldiers. Aside from the massive amounts of explosives hidden in the walls of the clinic, it was revealed that it stood on top of dozens of terror tunnels, showing how UNRWA is closely embedded with Hamas.
The UNRWA head continued, saying, “we knew the revelation would lead to harsh responses against us in Israel, but try to imagine what would happen if we weren’t the ones who published it. The act of publishing proves we aren’t ready to allow it and show restraint.”
During Operation Protective Edge last summer Krahenbuhl entered Gaza three times.
“I was the only senior international official who condemned the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip at Israel,” he claimed. “And I didn’t do that from a place where it was easy and convenient to talk like Jerusalem or Geneva, but rather from within the Gaza Strip itself. I can say of myself that I take international law very seriously, and if I know that rockets are fired intentionally at regions where there is a population that can be harmed by it – I condemn.”
UNRWA condemns Israel again
UNRWA’s Commissioner-General also condemned Israel for the strike on an UNRWA school in Jabalya. The IDF provided video evidence showing how Hamas fires rockets from inside schools.
“The day after the strike I visited the wounded children at the hospital, and I saw with my own eyes their parents who stood by them; what does that mean when you don’t have the ability to protect your children,” he said.
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