Israel Takes Out Hamas War Room Embedded in UNRWA School

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May 14, 2024

The Israel Defense Forces carried out an airstrike on a Hamas command center hidden in a school owned by a United Nations agency, the IDF announced Tuesday.

Hamas's Nukhba unit, which Israel says led the terror group's Oct. 7 attack, was using the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school in Nuseirat, Gaza, as a war room, according to the IDF. The strike killed more than 10 Hamas terrorists and used "precise munitions to minimize civilian harm," the Jerusalem Post reported.

At least 14 UNRWA employees participated in Hamas terrorist attacks, Israel has alleged, while Israeli intelligence reports say that around 1,200 UNRWA employees have some connection to Hamas. While the Biden administration this year froze U.S. funding for the U.N. agency following the revelations, it has not yet heeded calls from House Republicans and 26 state attorneys general to make the freeze permanent.

The State Department, meanwhile, is still working with the agency behind the scenes, the Washington Free Beacon reported in March.

Hamas uses UNRWA schools to store weapons and launch missile strikes on Israel, the United Nations admitted in recent years. In the case of the Nuseirat school, Hamas had used the location "to plan multiple attacks against IDF troops in central Gaza in recent weeks," according to the Post.

Israeli intelligence, the Post reported, indicated that the Nukhba terrorists killed in the strike "took part in the October 7th Massacre and carried out ambushes and attacks on IDF troops in the Gaza Strip."