UNRWA Shutters Jerusalem HQ After Israeli Terror Attack – The Cradle 5/10/24

Source: TheCradle.co

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced on 9 May that it is shutting down its headquarters in Jerusalem after Israeli settlers carried out an arson attack on its building in the occupied city.

This was the second settler attack on the UNRWA building in less than a week, according to the agency’s general commissioner, Phillipe Lazzarini. “Our director, with the help of other staff, had to put out the fire themselves as it took the Israeli fire extinguishers and police a while before they turned up. This is an outrageous development. Once again, the lives of UN staff were at serious risk. In light of this second appalling incident in less than a week, I have taken the decision to close down our compound until proper security is restored,” Lazzarini said.

Video footage on social media showed the UNRWA building in flames as settlers were heard cheering in the background. There were no injuries, but the fires caused significant damage to property, according to WAFA news agency….

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