Thursday, February 05, 2009

Haneyya gov't denies UNRWA allegations of seizing relief aid from its depots

GAZA, (PIC)-- The Palestinian government headed by premier Ismail Haneyya on Wednesday categorically denied the UNRWA accusations that the police in Gaza seized relief aid from its warehouses and called on the UN agency to apologize immediately for spreading false news.

For its part, the interior ministry said, in a statement received by the PIC, that the UNRWA allegations is baseless and unacceptable, stressing that the agency's role is limited to distribution of relief aid to "Palestinian refugees" and not to civil institutions because this act is against the law.

The PIC reporter was informed that amounts of relief aid in a storage depot belonging to a Fatah-affiliated society were held in police custody after learning that this society was distributing the aid to Fatah members only and not to the needy.

Informed sources said that UNRWA was distributing part of the humanitarian aid granted to the Palestinian people to a society belonging to the Fatah faction, which in turn distributed them to Fatah members prompting police action.

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