UN official accused of aiding Hamas


A United Nations official has been arrested by Israel for allegedly abusing his position to support Hamas.

According to Shin Bet, Wahid Burish, 38, a Gazan official working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was responsible for the demolition of houses damaged during conflicts with Israel, and used his position to benefit Hamas, such as prioritising rebuilding efforts in areas in which Hamas officials lived.

It has also been alleged that he informed Hamas when tunnels constructed by other jihadi groups were found by the UNDP, allowing the terror outfit to confiscate weapons and commandeer the site.

Shin Bet announced that Burish confessed to the charges against him this week and revealed details about Hamas tunnels and military bases which he had been exposed to during his work.

A statement from Shin Bet said: "The investigation exemplifies the manner in which Hamas takes advantage of international aid agencies' resources, intended to serve as humanitarian aid for Gaza's civilian population.”

This is the second recent case of aid worker allegedly helping Hamas. Last week, a senior member of international charity WorldVision was arrested after being accused of channelling millions of dollars to fund the group’s military operations.

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