Blinken: UNRWA must be thoroughly investigated over Oct. 7 but its work must be preserved

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Responding to a question about a potential IDF operation in Rafah, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says any military operation that Israel undertakes “needs to put civilians first and foremost in mind.”

On UNRWA, he says “it is imperative” that there be a thorough investigation of some of its staffers’ alleged participation in the October 7 onslaught, and that there be clear measures put in place so that personnel can never again be involved in terrorism.

The work UNRWA performs “has to be preserved, because so many lives depend on it… The functions have to be preserved.”

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