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Israel Channel 2 retracts claim that militants used UNRWA ambulance
Published Sunday 20/07/2014 (updated) 31/07/2014 12:17
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Gazans takes shelter at an UNRWA facility on July 13, 2014, after Israeli
leaflets dropped them from the sky warned them to leave their homes.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Channel Two on Sunday retracted claims made a day before that an ambulance belonging to the UN's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA was used to transport militants, the organization said.

UNRWA said in a statement that the channel, which is Israel's highest-rating TV news network, had retracted the "false and damaging allegations" after being confronted with "incontrovertible evidence" that they were "baseless" by the organization.

"There are many false reports circulating about UNRWA right now. This is another regrettable example in that long catalog of sloppy journalism," said UNRWA Spokesman, Chris Gunness, in a statement.

"The constant repetition of baseless allegations about the UN allows false mythologies to take root. I encourage members of the public to treat them with the suspicion they deserve and I call on all journalists to check with us first before damaging the credibility of their organizations."

In the past, the Israeli military has used claims that militants use ambulances to transport weapons or hospitals to store them in order to justify attacks on those sites, which are prohibited under international law protecting civilians.

"UNRWA is working under incredible pressure right now in Gaza providing assistance to tens of thousands of people displaced by the fighting. Even during this extraordinarily difficult situation, we do our utmost to maintain the highest standards of neutrality for our staff, our property and in our installations," Gunness concluded.

Channel Two in the past published a similar retraction following claims that UNRWA had not maintain a neutral record.

UNRWA is the UN agency originally set up in 1949 to ensure for relief and development for the 750,000 Palestinian refugees expelled from what became the State of Israel in 1948.

Today, the agency provides health care, education, social services, and other forms of aid to nearly five million Palestinian refugees, including more than a million in the Gaza Strip.
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1 ) William / USA
21/07/2014 04:48
This report is not as damaging to UNRWA as the finding of 20 rockets in YOUR school and then handing them back to Hamas to be used in the conflict again.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
21/07/2014 07:53
UNRWA simply cannot deny its own admission that its facilities - a school - were used to store Hamas rockets. UNRWA is the UN's most massive, most corrupt waste of money and resources that is known to capitulate and cooperate with terrorists. It's schools are named after suicide bombers (war criminals), its shame is published on its own website. It employs tens of thousands of Palestinians, but also hundreds of overpaid foreign bureaucrats, whose job is to line their own pockets.

3 ) Mel / USA
21/07/2014 21:02
'Credibility'? Chris,I thin you're expecting a ethic which doesn't exist in 99% of Israel'media'.It's FACTIONAL ZIONIST! Israel thirives &survives on myths AND LIES! It's the only way to perpetuate the SCARE-MONGERING of Israel's OWN Jewish people.Zionism HAS TO lie to Israel to justify its terrorism on innocent wounded or dead non-Jews&their DRIVERS, IN AMBULANCES!Israel is even BOMBING ALREADY-DEAD Gazans as well as ICU patients!?!?UNRWA keeps the Gazan's alive that Israeli's WANTS BLOWN UP!

4 ) Tom / USA
21/07/2014 21:22
More 3D Zionism: Deceit, Distortion, and Denial.
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