Secret Hamas Intelligence Center Discovered Underneath UN Aid Group HQ
Last Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) uncovered a top-secret intelligence center, operated by Hamas terrorists, hidden directly beneath the United Nations' (UN) Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) in Gaza. This shocking discovery was made during the IDF's ongoing efforts to locate and eliminate terrorist infrastructure in the area.
According to reports, the Hamas intelligence center was located underneath the UNRWA headquarters in Gaza City's upscale Rimal neighborhood. The center included an electrical room, industrial battery power banks, and even a living space for the terrorists. However, this is not the first time that the IDF has uncovered such a facility. In fact, earlier in the month, the Israeli army had seized a number of intelligence documents and other findings during a previous operation in the area.
As the news of the IDF's discovery spread, the controversial UN aid group, which claims to be committed to advancing the human development of Palestine refugees, was quick to deny any knowledge of the Hamas terrorist activity underneath its headquarters.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini stated that they were only made aware of these reports through the media and that they have not used the compound since they left it on October 12th due to Israeli evacuation orders and ongoing bombardments in the area.
Despite the UNRWA's claims, it is clear that Hamas has been operating this center for some time, undetected by the agency. This raises serious concerns about the level of oversight and security measures employed by the UNRWA. It also adds to the already contentious relationship between Israel and the UN, with the Israeli government accusing the UN of facilitating terrorist activity in the region.
The discovery of this hidden intelligence center was made possible through interrogations of captured terrorists, which helped the IDF pinpoint its exact location. The IDF spokesperson stated that they had a basis of information to work with, but it was not enough to locate the facility. However, intelligence gathered from prisoners, computers, documents, and maps found during previous operations finally led them to the site.
During a media tour of the newly discovered tunnel, Col. Benny Aharon, the commander of the 401st Armored Brigade, revealed that the IDF's operation was aimed at destroying this critical Hamas capability. He also confirmed that at least 12 UNRWA employees were tied to the recent attack on Israel, which prompted at least nine countries and the European Union to suspend or cut back funding for the agency.
The suspension of funding has put the UNRWA in a tough spot, with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pleading with countries to continue supporting their operations. In a statement, Guterres emphasized the critical role that UNRWA plays in providing aid to the two million civilians in Gaza who rely solely on their services for daily survival. He also expressed his shock at the accusations made against the agency but stressed the urgent need to maintain their operations for the sake of those in need.
As the investigation into this recent discovery continues, it is clear that there are still many unanswered questions about the UNRWA's involvement and its response to these troubling allegations.
The IDF's efforts to locate and eliminate terrorist infrastructure, particularly those hidden within civilian spaces, also highlight the ongoing challenges and complex dynamics of the region.