UN admits Hamas stole supplies, claims it's the first timeThe United Nations' Chris Gunness admitted on Wednesday that Hamas seized blankets and food parcels meant for needy Gazans from the UN's Gaza City warehouse on Tuesday evening. But Gunness is claiming that this is the first time Hamas has stolen supplies.
Gunness said Hamas police raided a UN warehouse in Gaza City, snatching 3,500 blankets and over 400 food parcels. He said the incident took place on Tuesday evening, and that it marked the first time Hamas had seized UN aid.Rumor has it that Gunness was heard singing the following song to Hamas 'Prime Minister' Ismail Haniyeh:
The aid is especially vital now because Gazans are facing hardship after Israel's three-week military offensive against Hamas.
Israeli officials have charged that the group routinely confiscates supplies meant for needy Gazans.
A Hamas government spokesman was not immediately available for comment.
For those who have forgotten, here is another instance when Hamas stole aid directed at poor Gazans.
Arutz Sheva provides more details of the theft.
Hamas police raided an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) distribution store at Beach Camp in Gaza on Tuesday, stealing thousands of blankets and hundreds of food parcels from local staff at gunpoint.Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen.
"This took place after UNRWA staff had earlier refused to hand over the aid supplies to the Hamas-run Ministry of Social Affairs," explained Jerusalem-based UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness. "The police subsequently broke into the warehouse and seized the aid by force," he said.
The aid was due to be distributed to five hundred families in the area, said Gunness, who told Israel National News that Hamas police grabbed 3,500 blankets and 406 food parcels. "We were there, and we tried to stop them, but they were armed and we were not," he said, adding, "It's a very serious incident. We condemn it in the strongest terms and we demand that the aid be returned immediately."
The agency has distributed some 50,000 blankets and 12,000 food packages in Gaza to date. "Given that, this was a relatively small amount," Gunness said, "but that's not the point." He added that UNRWA has a strict system of monitoring aid delivery to ensure that its assistance reaches only the intended beneficiaries. "Our officials were on the ground overseeing the delivery of our aid and taking all possible steps to avoid its diversion," Gunness said.Right.... I wonder how much a blanket and a food package cost on eBay for delivery in Gaza City.... Anyone want to try finding out?