IDF: Hamas seized 3 UNRWA ambulances


The security establishment had some scathing criticism for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Wednesday after the IDF claimed that three ambulances that were transferred to the organization some two weeks ago were seized by Hamas.

According to the army, a short time after the ambulances arrived in Gaza via the Kerem Shalom border crossing, Hamas gunmen overpowered the drivers and took control of the vehicles. The IDF noted that UNRWA failed to report the incident.

A military source told Army Radio that the incident indicated a double standard toward Hamas, and UNRWA's discrimination concerning Israel.

"When Israel deviates a little from procedures in Gaza, there is a massive world outcry, but when UNRWA, as an organization, doesn't even declare that Hamas is causing great damage in Gaza, the world doesn't even open its mouth," he said.

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Furthermore, other sources pointed out that Hamas's control of Gaza was causing UNRWA great distress, and that the agency's director-general had recently received death threats, reportedly prompting him to flee the Strip.

An UNRWA spokesman said that he was not familiar with the alleged ambulance seizures and that the report was being checked.

In February, UNRWA suspended humanitarian aid deliveries to the Gaza Strip after Hamas stole supplies it had transferred to the Palestinian territory.

The agency resumed the deliveries days later though after Hamas acceded to its demand to return the 200 tons of goods, including blankets, flour and rice.