Hamas terrorists hid a top-secret intelligence center underneath the U.N.’s Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) in Gaza that was uncovered by the Israel Defense Forces, the Israeli military said on Saturday.
The Hamas intelligence center included an electrical room, industrial battery power banks, and a living space for the terrorists, The Times of Israel reported. The IDF’s discovery comes after revelations that at least a dozen of the agency’s workers were connected to Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, according to an Israeli intelligence dossier.
The controversial U.N. aid group — which says it is “committed to advancing the human development of Palestine refugees” — denied having any knowledge that Hamas was housing terrorists and a data center right underneath its feet, according to UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.
“UNRWA is made aware of reports through the media regarding a tunnel under the UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza,” Lazzarini said. “UNRWA staff left its headquarters in Gaza City on 12 October following the Israeli evacuation orders and as bombardment intensified in the area. We have not used that compound since we left it nor are we aware of any activity that may have taken place there.”
The UNRWA commissioner-general added that the agency cannot confirm or comment on the reports that the “Israeli Army has deployed troops within the UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza City.”
The Times of Israel reported that interrogations of captured terrorists helped Israeli forces pinpoint Hamas’ subterranean intelligence center, which was finally located under the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City’s upscale Rimal neighborhood.