UNWRA Suspends Staffer Accused of Aiding Hamas

A Palestinian woman walks past a graffiti painted on a wall of the United Nations school of Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip, on May 9, 2016.
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The Times of Israel reports: A United Nations agency said on Sunday it was suspending a Gaza staffer accused of being politically active in the terror group Hamas, which rules the coastal strip.

UNRWA, the UN agency in charge of Palestinian refugees, said the decision had already been taken ahead of an Israeli call earlier Sunday to fire Suhail al-Hindi, head of the agency’s staff union.

“Before that communication, and in light of our ongoing independent internal investigation, we had been presented with substantial information from a number of sources, which led us to take the decision this afternoon to suspend Suhail al Hindi, pending the outcome of our investigation,” UNRWA spokeswoman Chris Gunness wrote.

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