UNRWA says rockets found in vacant Gaza school
The U.N. aid agency said it has launched an investigation into the incident
The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA condemned on Thursday what it said was the placement of 20 rockets in one of its vacant schools in Gaza.
“Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the agency said in a statement.
“UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations,” it added.
The agency said it has launched a “comprehensive investigation” into the circumstances surrounding this incident.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some five million registered Palestine refugees.
Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight.
UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.
Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty.
As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit.
Currently the deficit stands at US$ 68 million, the agency said.