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Italy suspends funding to UNRWA due to the alleged involvement of its employees in the attack on Israel

Follow in the footsteps of the United States, Canada and Australia as the first country in the European Union to adopt this measure.

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Italy suspends funding to UNRWA due to the alleged involvement of its employees in the attack on Israel

Follow in the footsteps of the United States, Canada and Australia as the first country in the European Union to adopt this measure

MADRID, 27 Ene. (EUROPA PRESS) -

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Antonio Tajani, announced this Saturday the suspension of the country's financing to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, within the framework of the investigation launched by the organization itself into the alleged involvement of some of its workers in the massacre that occurred on October 7 in Israel, which triggered the current Gaza war conflict.

"The Italian Government has suspended funding to UNRWA following the atrocious attack by Hamas against Israel on October 7. Allied countries have recently made the same decision. We are committed to humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population, protecting Israel's security" , Tajani has made known on his Twitter account.

Italy becomes the first country in the European Union to announce this measure, following in the footsteps of the United States, Canada and Australia, a country that this morning announced the stoppage of funds through its Foreign Minister, Penny Wong.

It all began on Friday afternoon when UNRWA itself announced the expulsion and opening of an immediate investigation of several members of the organization for their alleged participation in the attacks by Palestinian militias, after receiving information in this regard from the Israeli security services. .

Both the UNRWA commissioner, Philippe Lazzarini, and the UN Secretary General himself, António Guterres, declared themselves dismayed by this information and promised to launch an immediate investigation into what happened. In its corresponding note suspending funding, the US State Department listed twelve employees involved, a fact not yet confirmed by the United Nations.