Canada reported this Friday that, like the United States, it suspended its financing to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) until the involvement of some of its employees in the bloody attack on Hamas terrorist group against Israel on October 7, 2023, which caused some 1,200 dead, 250 kidnapped and triggered the current war in Loop.
The information was confirmed by the Minister of International Development of Canada, Ahmed Hussenin a message broadcast on his social network account X, after speaking with the UNRWA Commissioner General, Philippe Lazzarinito express his country’s concern over the accusations against agency workers.
“Today, I spoke directly with the Commissioner General of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarinito express Canada’s concern over allegations that agency workers were involved in the brutal terrorist attack against Israel on October 7, 2023. Canada is taking these reports very seriously. and is working with UNRWA and other donors on this issue,” he wrote Hussen.
The minister also applauded the order of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterresfor UNRWA to investigate these allegations.
“Canada welcomes the order of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterresfor UNRWA to investigate these very serious allegations,” the official said, adding that “Canada has temporarily paused any additional funding to UNRWA while it investigates these allegations.”
“If the allegations prove to be real, Canada expects UNRWA to take immediate action against those determined to have been involved in the Hamas terrorist attack,” he said.
However, Canadian authorities clarified that “while UNRWA carries out the investigation, Canada will not reduce aid to the people of Gaza.”
Canada remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian enclave and reaffirmed its call for rapid, sustainable and unimpeded access to life-saving aid for those in need.
“We ask all parties to respect international humanitarian law,” he concluded. hussen.
Given the situation, the US Government, the main donor to the UN agency in 2023, also announced the “temporary suspension of its financing” to the agency as it “examines these allegations and the measures the United Nations is taking to address them.”
The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenemphasized the need for a rapid and thorough investigation.”
He US Department of State indicated that it contacted the Government of Israel to request more information about these accusations and that the relevant members of the US Congress were informed of what is happening in relation to this case. “We will remain in close contact with the UN and the Government of Israel on this issue,” the note concludes.
The Commissioner General of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarinisaid that “Israeli authorities have provided information regarding the alleged involvement of several UNRWA employees in the horrific attacks against Israel on October 7.”
“To protect the agency’s ability to provide humanitarian assistance, I have made the decision to immediately terminate contracts of these staff members and initiate an investigation to establish the truth without delay,” he added.
UNRWA, established in 1949 after the first Arab-Israeli war, provides services including education, primary health care and humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
The agency, whose largest donors in 2022 were United States, Germany, the European Union and Swedenhas repeatedly said that its ability to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza is on the brink of collapse.
(With information from Europa Press and Reuters)