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Friday, February 06, 2009

Hamas steals from UNRWA again

This time, hundreds of tons of aid:
UNRWA informed the IDF on Friday that it is suspending its humanitarian aid deliveries to the Gaza Strip after Hamas stole supplies the United Nations organization had transferred to the Palestinian territory.

The seizure of the 200 tons of supplies took place Thursday night and in response, UNRWA officials informed the Gaza Coordination and Liaison Administration that it was suspending its deliveries to the Gaza Strip until further notice. The supplies confiscated included flour and other basic commodities.

The transfer of 40 truckloads of humanitarian supplies - some 800 tons - planned for Sunday has already been canceled.
This is a lot more than the couple of thousand blankets and few hundred food parcels stolen on Tuesday. In fact, the UNRWA press release details 300 metric tons being hijacked:
During the night of 05 Feb 10 truckloads of flour and rice were taken from the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom Crossing into Gaza. They had been imported from Egypt for collection by UNRWA today. The food was taken away by trucks contracted by the Ministry of Social Affairs. Two hundred metric tons of rice and one hundred metric tons of flour were taken.

UNRWA’s suspension of imports will remain in effect until the aid is returned and the Agency is given credible assurances from the Hamas government in Gaza that there will be no repeat of these thefts.
Remember that UNRWA castigated Israel for closing crossings when mortars were being shot at the crossings themselves, sarcastically wondering whether Israel's security concerns were more important than feeding the supposedly starving Gaznas. Now, the UNRWA unilaterally stops the delivery of 800 tons of aid even though not one of their workers has yet been hurt by Hamas' aid pirates.