Hamas: Israel’s continued prevention of UNRWA’s work in Gaza is an insistence on a war of starvation

Gaza - Ma'an - On Wednesday, the Hamas movement denounced Israel's continued prevention of teams from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) from reaching the northern Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian aid, considering this "an insistence on the part of the occupation leaders to continue the fascist war of starvation" against Palestinian civilians. . The movement said in a statement, 'What the UN agency announced today about the occupation army continuing to prevent its teams from reaching the northern Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian aid confirms the insistence of the leaders of the terrorist occupation to continue the fascist war of starvation against Palestinian civilians, and the policy of prevention and systematic targeting of all means of relief and delivery.' basic assistance to them. It considered that Israel's goal in doing so was to "punish the Palestinian people and force them to emigrate from their land, under the weight of famine and continuing massacres." H amas called on the international community and the United Nations to 'take immediate action and put pressure' on Israel to 'stop its declared crime (of) using starvation as a weapon, preventing the arrival of aid, and targeting aid workers.' She also stressed "the necessity of standing up to Israel's targeting of UNRWA, and taking actual steps to hold it accountable for its ongoing crimes against defenseless civilians in the Gaza Strip, and against all values ??of humanity." Earlier Wednesday, UNRWA said, in a post on the 'X' platform, 'Israel continues to prevent us from reaching the northern Gaza Strip to provide food aid and other basic supplies.' It indicated that it "provided more than half of the international aid delivered in Gaza through the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings last March." It noted that 176 of its employees were 'tragically killed' since the beginning of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, criticized Israel's strict p olicies and its prevention of agency teams from reaching the northern Gaza Strip, warning of the resulting "man-made famine." Source: Maan News Agency