‘I’m inside with the Jews’: IDF releases recordings of UNRWA staff accused of joining Oct. 7 attack

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The IDF releases audio recordings that it says incriminate two UNRWA employees who allegedly participated in the Hamas-led October 7 onslaught.

“I’m inside, I’m inside with the Jews,” Mamdouh al-Qali, an Islamic Jihad terrorist whom the IDF says was employed as a teacher in a UNRWA school, is heard saying in the recordings.

“We have female hostages. I captured one,” says Yousef al-Hawajara, a Hamas terrorist who worked as a teacher at a UNRWA school in Deir al-Balah, in the recordings released by the IDF.

Last month, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant named 12 more UNRWA staffers who participated in the massacre on October 7.

The IDF says its intelligence shows that some 450 terror operatives in Gaza, mostly Hamas members, are also employed by UNRWA.

Jerusalem has long argued that UNRWA should be disbanded, and the recent allegations have led several donor countries to announce funding freezes, leading to concerns that the agency, which says it is the main conduit for aid for millions in the Strip during the Israel-Hamas war, could stop operating in Gaza and elsewhere in the Middle East within weeks.

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