3 IDF Soldiers Killed Uncovering Booby-Trapped UN Building In Gaza
Three Israeli soldiers were killed Wednesday when explosives detonated within a booby-trapped UN building in Khan Younis, Gaza.
An elite IDF tunnel unit was in the process of uncovering an opening to a Hamas tunnel located at an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency For Palestine Refugees) health clinic when all of a sudden, the explosives detonated, causing the entirety of the building to fall on top of the soldiers.
On Tuesday, a Hamas rocket arsenal was found at a UN school in Gaza, marking the third instance of such an event since Operation Protective Edge began. The UN agency has been accused of continuing to hand the rocket caches back to the terror group Hamas.
Many on Twitter have taken to rebranding UNRWA’s acronym as the United Nations Rocket Warehousing Agency.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzahi Hanegbi said Wednesday that UNRWA has continued to hand the missiles back to Hamas, “endangering and jeopardizing Israeli lives.” He continued, “Instead of blaming and condemning Israel, UNRWA should make a real effort to stop being manipulated and used by the terrorist organizations.”
Neither the UN nor UNRWA have yet to comment on the incident that resulted in the deaths of three Israeli soldiers. However, UNRWA was quick to place blame on Israel for a rocket strike on one of their schools in Gaza. The UN agency also immediately blamed Israel for a strike on Gaza’s Shifa hospital, resulting in the deaths of over a dozen Gazans. It was later revealed that in all likelihood, a misfired Hamas Fajr-5 Iranian-made 100kg warhead destined for Israel had struck the hospital.
The IDF death toll since the beginning of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge now stands at 56.