Israel Uncovers Hamas-Controlled Center Beneath UN Palestinian Relief Agency in Gaza
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

In a startling revelation, Israeli officials have exposed tunnels and a substantial electronic intelligence facility directly beneath the main headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City. The agency, known as Unrwa, claims to have not known the underground facilities, prompting calls for an independent inquiry into the matter.

Israeli forces uncovered the tunnels and intelligence facility beneath the Unrwa headquarters on the western edge of Gaza City. The site now lies in ruins after being targeted by Israeli forces. The discovery includes a vast underground passageway estimated to stretch at least a quarter of a mile, featuring multiple doors.

Journalists on-site witnessed a room filled with computers connected to wires leading into the ground within one of the Unrwa buildings. The underground tunnel revealed a hub equipped with electrical cabinets, multicolored buttons, and numerous cables, serving as the power source for the tunnel infrastructure.

An Israeli army spokesman stated, “Twenty meters above us is the Unrwa headquarters. This is the electricity room, you can see all around here. The batteries, the electricity on walls, everything is conducted from here, all the energy for the tunnels which you walked through them are powered from here.”

The head of Unrwa, Philippe Lazzarini, expressed surprise at the discovery, asserting that the agency was unaware of the underground facilities. Lazzarini called for an independent inquiry, citing the agency’s lack of military and security expertise to conduct such investigations.

Journalists exploring the tunnel also observed a small bathroom, a room with shelves, and two small vehicles used by terrorists to navigate the tunnel network. The military disclosed that the tunnel, originating at a Unrwa school, was 765 yards long and 20 yards deep. In addition to the infrastructure, Israeli forces discovered rifles, ammunition, grenades, and explosives.

The revelation adds a new layer to the ongoing conflict, raising questions about the use of UN facilities in the hostilities. The call for an independent inquiry underscores the need for a comprehensive investigation into the presence of such infrastructure beneath the UNRWA headquarters, shedding light on the complexities of the situation in Gaza.

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