Top UN officials have warned that the withdrawal of funding for its main aid agency in Gaza could lead to the “collapse of the humanitarian system”.
They spoke out after the US, UK and other countries halted funding over the alleged role of some UN staff in the 7 October Hamas attacks on Israel.
It said an investigation into its agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, is underway.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described UNRWA as “perforated with Hamas”, saying Israel has “discovered that there were 13 UNRWA workers who actually participated, either directly or indirectly, in the 7 October massacre”.
But the US, the biggest donor to the UNWRA, has said it wants to see the aid agency continue its work.
Us state department spokesman Mathew Miller said, There is no other humanitarian player in Gaza who can provide food and water and medicine at the scale that UNRWA does.