Tunnel under two UN schools in Gaza Strip discovered; Netanyahu called on Haley to dismantle UNRWA; UNRWA: The construction and presence of tunnels under UN premises are incompatible with the respect of privileges and immunities owed to the United Nations under applicable international law
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency announced on Friday that it has discovered a Hamas tunnel under two of its schools.
The organization confirmed that the tunnel was discovered over summer break, stating “The discovery was made during the summer vacation, at a time when the schools are empty, and in the course of work related to the construction of an extension of one of the buildings.”
The tunnel was reportedly found on June 1 and runs approximately 3 meters deep.
Prime Minister Netanyahu reported that he directly on Sunday that he called on United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to dismantle the UNRWA. He also instructed Israel’s Foreign Ministry to file an “official complaint” to the UN Security Council.
Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that he “told U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley that it’s time to dismantle UNRWA.” He stated “Since World War II, there have been tens of millions of refugees the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has taken care of. The Palestinians have their own separate commission, UNRWA, which has a lot of incitement against Israelis among its ranks… They use schoolchildren as human shields. This is an enemy we’ve been fighting for many years, and they’re carrying out a double war crime. Hamas both attacks innocent civilians and uses children as human shields.”
The UNRWA released the following statement on the tunnels:
“We demand they desist from any activities or conduct that put beneficiaries and staff at risk and undermine the ability of UN staff to provide assistance to Palestine refugees in safety and security. It is unacceptable that students and staff are placed at risk in such a way. The construction and presence of tunnels under UN premises are incompatible with the respect of privileges and immunities owed to the United Nations under applicable international law, which provides that UN premises shall be inviolable. The sanctity and neutrality of UN premises must be preserved at all times.”
Israel has called on the United Nations to take action against Hamas, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon calling on the United Nations Security Council to “act immediately to ensure that their structures and institutions are not being used to harbor the terror infrastructure of Hamas.”