In a statement released Friday, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) condemned the “existence” of Hamas terror tunnels passing under “two adjacent Agency schools in Maghazi camp the Gaza Strip.”
UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness said the tunnels were discovered “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.”
“UNRWA condemns the existence of such tunnels in the strongest possible terms. It is unacceptable that students and staff are placed at risk in such a way,” he added. “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.”
Based on UNRWA’s statement, one would be fooled into thinking that the Agency had no prior warning of the existence of such tunnels.
For a number of years now, Israel has warned the world of these terror tunnels to no avail. In the past, Israeli jets have struck sites near UNRWA precisely because of the fact that many of these schools double as arms storage facilities. These carefully coordinated precision strikes have nonetheless drawn the wrath of the United Nations, the same organization that has suggested that Israel is engaged in a campaign of gratuitous slaughter against perpetually victimized Palestinians.
But now, UNRWA’s own findings back what Israel has been saying all along.
In fact, Israeli officials told the United Nations point-blank last year that Hamas has been siphoning off 95% of cement originally transferred into Gaza for rebuilding homes and other humanitarian projects
“From our own investigations we found that out of every 100 sacks of cement that come into the Gaza strip [from Israel], only five or six are transferred to civilians,” Israeli Foreign ministry director-general Dore Gold stated at the UN World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. “A hundred sacks is what is necessary to rebuild a home, the rest are confiscated by Hamas and used for military purposes.”
As The Daily Wire reported, Hamas uses the bulk of the cement to construct terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel in order to attack civilians. Weapons, explosives, and commandos are routinely transferred through these tunnels with startling efficiency.
Fortunately, many of these tunnels are poorly constructed and architecturally flawed. Not surprisingly, Gaza doesn’t produce the world’s best engineers as most academic resources are poured into Hamas' propaganda materials calling for “armed resistance” and another Holocaust.
Thankfully, Gaza’s brain drain has negatively impacted Hamas’ ability to successfully carry out terror attacks. An astounding number of Hamas terror tunnels have collapsed as a result of faulty engineering, burying militants underneath piles of cement and rubble.
Since Israel relinquished full territorial control of Gaza in 2005, the area has been under the authoritarian control of Hamas. The terror group’s political wing makes virtually all spending decisions. From what it looks like, they’re spending most of their money on killing innocent Israelis.