Israel blasts UNRWA for claiming it’s blocking aid to Gaza: ‘Simply a lie’

After the United Nations relief agency for Palestinians, UNRWA, accused Israel of preventing humanitarian aid from entering the Gaza Strip, the Foreign Ministry lashes out.

“During the transfer of humanitarian aid into Gaza yesterday, via Kerem Shalom crossing, Hamas deliberately bombed the crossing, resulting in the death of two civilians, and over 10 injured, including an IDF soldier,” it says. “Today, yet again, Hamas’s barrage of mortars halted the transfer of humanitarian aid into Gaza.

A truck passes into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing, the main passage point for goods entering the Strip from Israel on May 18, 2021. (Said Khatib/AFP)

“UNRWA’s claim that Israel is preventing humanitarian aid from reaching Gaza is a cynical misrepresentation and simply a lie,” it says. “This is not the first time UNRWA has chosen to twist the facts and misrepresent events, for the sole purpose of blaming Israel… Israel will continue its efforts to coordinate the transfer of humanitarian aid into Gaza, taking into account security considerations.”

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