Israel Discovers Hamas Compound Beneath UN Agency HQ in Gaza
Summary from the AllSides News Team
Israel said it discovered a Hamas compound beneath the Gaza headquarters of the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Details: Reporters from The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) and other organizations accompanied the IDF on a trip to the compound. Per the Journal, Israel said it knew of the complex for years, but couldn’t target it because of the U.N. presence above. The UNRWA’s chief, however, said the organization did not know the Hamas compound.
For Context: In late January, Israeli intelligence accused several UNRWA staffers of participating in Hamas’ October 7 terror attack. The UNRWA fired the staffers in question, but still many Western nations, including the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Japan have halted funding to the agency. Israeli intelligence also believes 10% of the organization’s 13,000 employees are connected to Hamas.
Key Quotes: UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini wrote on X that the “UNRWA did not know what is under its headquarters in Gaza.” The UNRWA told the Journal the reports “merit an independent inquiry,” and that it “does not have the military and security expertise nor the capacity to undertake military inspections of what is or might be under its premises.”
How The Media Covered It: Most mainstream media outlets covered Israel’s claim of discovery, but not the UNRWA’s disclaimer. Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) appeared to do the opposite. The Guardian (Lean Left bias) which reported on Friday that the UNRWA staff members fired were done so without proper evidence, reported neither angle of the story.
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From the LeftUNRWA refutes Israeli implications of Hamas tunnel below Gaza HQ
The chief of the UN’s aid agency in Gaza has said that it had no knowledge of what was beneath its abandoned headquarters amid Israeli claims that a Hamas tunnel ran below the Gaza City site.
Philippe Lazzarini of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said on X late on Saturday that the agency “did not know what is under its headquarters in Gaza”. Israel has previously accused UNRWA of colluding with Hamas’s military operations, prompting several donors to withdraw funding.
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From the CenterHamas Military Compound Found Beneath U.N. Agency Headquarters in Gaza
Hidden deep below the headquarters of the United Nations’ aid agency for Palestinians here is a Hamas complex with rows of computer servers that Israel’s armed forces say served as an important communications center and intelligence hub for the Islamist militant group.
Part of a warren of tunnels and subterranean chambers carved from the Gaza Strip’s sandy soil, the compound below the United Nations Relief and Works Agency buildings in Gaza City appears to have run on electricity drawn from the U.N.’s power supply, Israeli officials said.
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From the RightHamas compound found under UNRWA Gaza headquarters
The Israeli forces have unearthed a Hamas military installation under the headquarters of the United Nations’s aid agency for Palestinians.
The compound under the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, headquarters in Gaza City appears to be an important communications and intelligence hub for the Islamist group, according to Israeli authorities.
UNRWA is the U.N. agency charged with managing humanitarian problems related to displaced Palestinians, with headquarters in Amman, Jordan, and in Gaza.
Israeli military officials have reportedly suspected the location of this complex for several years but...