UNRWA head alleges Israeli government tries to undermine the agency for political ends | DW News

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The head of the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, has warned of a deliberate campaign to destroy it, following a funding freeze by donors. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Philippe Lazzarini stressed that the agency was vital to support what he called a ‘sea’ of displaced Palestinians in Gaza. He alleged the Israeli government was trying to undermine the agency for political ends. Israel has repeatedly accused UNRWA of employing staff linked to Hamas and other militant groups. That’s led many countries to suspend funding. Lazzarini warned that the agency was being pushed to the brink.

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