The Israeli subject revealed a web of tunnels underneath Gaza City that they said extended beneath nan United Nations' office successful nan region connected Sunday.
The IDF escorted overseas reporters done nan tunnels, entering done a shaft that pierced nan aboveground adjacent to a school. Israel argues that nan tunnels are moreover much grounds that nan U.N.'s ngo successful Gaza was compromised by Hamas terrorists.
"Everything is conducted from here. All nan power for nan tunnels, which you walked done them, are powered from here," an Israeli serviceman told reporters during nan tour."This is 1 of nan cardinal commands of nan intelligence. This spot is 1 of nan Hamas intelligence units, wherever they commanded astir of nan combat."
UNRWA denied knowledge of nan tunnels and said it vacated nan office connected nan aboveground arsenic early arsenic Oct. 12.
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"UNRWA does not person nan subject and information expertise nor nan capacity to undertake subject inspections of what is aliases mightiness beryllium nether its premises," nan statement said successful a statement.
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"In nan past, whenever a suspicious cavity was recovered adjacent to aliases nether UNRWA premises, protestation letters were promptly revenge to parties to nan conflict, including some nan de facto authorities successful Gaza and nan Israeli authorities," nan connection continued.
Meanwhile, elder Hamas charismatic Sami Abu Zuhri based on that Israel's claims of a relationship betwixt nan UNRWA and nan tunnels were "lies."
News of nan tunnels comes amid Israeli allegations that hundreds of UNRWA labor expressed support for aliases were complicit successful Hamas' Oct. 7 massacre successful Israel.
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Several Western nations person paused backing for UNRWA, which overseas assistance for Gazans, amid nan allegations.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant called UNRWA "Hamas pinch a facelift" this weekend. He based on connected Saturday that it was clip for nan world to "dismantle UNRWA" and create an alternative mechanism for providing assistance to civilians in the war-stricken Gaza Strip.
"I deliberation nan world needs to aftermath up and reside this rumor successful a different way, while besides addressing Gaza’s needs," Gallant told Fox News Digital. "UNRWA is simply a group of terrorists who person salaries from galore countries – these countries gave money to group who raped, murdered and took group into captivity."
Fox News' Ruth Marks Eglash and Reuters contributed to this report