UN condemns Hamas for tunnel under schools in Gaza

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 14, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Sunday for the United Nations to shut down its Palestinian refugee aid agency, saying it was responsible for incitement against the Jewish state.

Egypt's list of demands included that Hamas hand over 17 men wanted by Cairo on terror charges, the end of weapons smuggling into Sinai, greater security at the border and intelligence on tunnel movements into Gaza, Asharq al-Awsat reported.

Abbas has reportedly chose to slash electricity payments for Gaza in a further bid to pressure Hamas. Around 120 megawatts of that total is supplied by the Israeli power station and funded by the PA tax receipts.

"Those who will bear the consequences of this decision are the Israeli enemy, who is besieging the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas", he added.

The IDF said that reducing electricity during the Ramadan holiday due to an absence of agreement between Hamas and the PA on the cost of electricity was liable to aggravate the security situation in the Gaza Strip.

In comments made to a local radio, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that the decision to limit the electricity supply to the Gaza Strip was to cripple the Hamas government. It will accelerate the deterioration and explode the situation in the Strip,"said Hamas spokesperson Abdel Latif al-Qanua, as quoted by the Times of Israel". Hamas warned that the decision would have "disastrous and dangerous" results that could lead to an outbreak of violence.

Gaza's 2 million residents already get by with only four hours of electricity a day. PA officials declared last week that they were exhausted of sharing the blame for Hamas' terror activities, as the humanitarian aid transferred to Gaza - including money to pay for basic services - is used to build terror tunnels and pay terrorists.

An Israeli official confirmed that Israel is preparing to reduce the amount of power it supplies to Gaza, at the request of the Palestinian Authority.

In a statement on Monday, Gaza's health ministry said that the medical sector is already struggling to provide diesel fuel to operate the 87 generators that supply electricity to hospitals during blackout hours.

Israel is often criticised by the worldwide community for targeting aid groups, particularly those that campaign for Palestinian rights.

"A Hamas tunnel has recently been discovered under two schools in the Gaza Strip", Netanyahu announced in a statement directed at the United Nations, according to CBN News.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli blockade since 2007, when the Islamic group took over the region.

In addition, Farawaneh said that many families of the missing have not reached out to the ICRC or other human rights organizations for help, out of fear that Israel might retaliate against them for their missing relative's participation in resistance against Israeli forces.

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