Hamas Steals Fuel And Medical Equipment From UN Humanitarian Compound: REPORT

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Ilan Hulkower Contributor
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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) released a statement Monday accusing people who claimed to be from Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry of stealing fuel and medical equipment intended for humanitarian use.

UNRWA tweeted that they “received reports that yesterday a group of people with trucks purporting to be from the Ministry of Health of the de facto authorities in #Gaza removed fuel and medical equipment from the Agency’s compound” in Gaza City. (RELATED: Biden Says It Would Be ‘Big Mistake’ For Israel To Occupy Gaza, Hamas Doesn’t Represent Palestinians)

“[F]uel & other types of material are kept for strictly humanitarian purposes – any other use is strongly condemned,” UNRWA noted.

Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, have been the “de facto authorities” of Gaza since 2007, and according to the Times of Israel, the Gaza Health Ministry is a “Hamas-run” agency.

Hamas has a history of stealing aid meant for Gazan civilians, which prompted then-Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon to suspend humanitarian operations in the Gaza Strip in 2009.