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UNRWA Chagrined to Find 20 Rockets in Gaza School

The agency did not say who they gave the rockets to, or where they were taken.

Gaza children learn in robotics workshop at UNRWA school in Rafah, December 2013.

Gaza children learn in robotics workshop at UNRWA school in Rafah, December 2013.
Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)discovered to its dismay on Wednesday that terrorists had stashed some 20 rockets in one of its schools. The agency, which operates some 200 schools in Gaza, found the rockets during a routine inspection of the building, which UNRWA officials believed was “vacant.”

There was no information on which of the schools served to hide the rockets, nor is there any information about what was done with the ordnance following the discovery.

One of the schools is located in Rafah, the town which straddles the Gaza border with Egypt, and where many terrorist smuggler tunnels have been blown up in IDF air strikes, and otherwise discovered by Egyptian authorities.

UNRWA organized a robotics workshop for the students at that school last December, teaching the youngsters to build mechanized vehicles and other mechanical items — skills that will certainly help the children find good careers in future years, but will also help them build better missiles and bombs as well, if they choose to do so.

“UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations,” the agency wrote in a statement posted on its website Thursday. “This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza.”

Immediately following the discovery, the agency said it “informed the relevant parties” – without indicating who those might be – and “successfully took all necessary measures for the removal of the objects” – without saying how they were removed, where they were taken, or by who.

UNRWA is one of the international aid organizations whose employees use the Erez border crossing to travel in and out of Gaza from its office in Israel. The agency is mandated to provide assistance to some five million Palestinian Arabs registered as “refugees” although those who fled their homes during the 1948 Arab war with Israel actually numbered 711,000 in 1950.

About the Author: Rachel Levy is a freelance journalist who has written for Jewish publications in New York, New Jersey and Israel.


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22 Responses to “UNRWA Chagrined to Find 20 Rockets in Gaza School”

  1. GOD BLESS ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD PROTECT ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
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  2. Norma Biblow says:

    Oooops, they didn’t know!

  3. Boy, somebody didn’t clean for Pesach very well.

  4. ‘you cant defend yourself when you are Militarily OCCUPYING someone else land. Thats NOT defence. Call it what you want but it is NOT defence’-Noam Chomsky

  5. Hesh Meister says:

    Just what is bring “occupied” here, Crystal Barron? Gaza was vacated 9 years ago. Stop parroting the tired old tropes of the left, trumpeted by its self-deluded darling.

  6. Karen Bryant says:

    That’s 20less they have to fire.

  7. Noam Chomsky can go live in Gaza

  8. They were studying rocket science.

  9. So let your kids go to school in a missile factory? Eh, crystal?

  10. Did they (UNRWA) help fire them at Israel?

  11. Thee Krinz says:

    They are just chagrined? Not outraged?

  12. Yaakov Nurik says:

    Barron: Citing an inveterate self hating Jew such as Chomsky is hardly convincing

  13. …now how did those get there?

  14. Chagrined? Talk about dis appropriate responses. Why not outraged, incensed or appalled?

  15. Marcel Murad says:

    I would’nt trust UNRWA as far as I can spit

  16. Ruth Teter says:

    what kind of terrible people would do that.?can you call them people.

  17. Uzi Kattan says:

    Chagrined that they were caught in the act and their complicity with Hamas exposed.

  18. Burn the school down problem solved

  19. Judy Murad says:

    More like “**** the Israelis were correct”

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