UN: Gaza employee was instructed by PA

UN says a Gaza employee charged by Israel with aiding Hamas had actually received instructions from the Palestinian Authority.

Elad Benari,

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The United Nations on Saturday said a Gaza employee charged by Israel with aiding Hamas had diverted tons of rubble on instructions from the Palestinian Authority (PA), AFP reported.

Engineer Waheed Borsh, 38, who worked for the UN Development Program (UNDP), was arrested on July 16 and accused by Israel of being recruited by Hamas to "redirect his work for UNDP to serve Hamas's military interests".

He was charged in an Israeli court with diverting 300 tons of rubble from a UNDP project in the coastal enclave to a Hamas operation to build a jetty for its naval force.

UNDP said on Saturday that after reviewing Borsh's charge sheet -- which was made public on Tuesday -- it had "established that the rubble in question was transported to its destination according to written instructions from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of the Palestinian Authority as to where it should be placed."

"UNDP has full documentation on the process flow, the instructions and transportation of the rubble," it said in a statement quoted by AFP.

UNDP had said on Tuesday that it was "greatly concerned by the allegation" and promised "a thorough internal review of the processes and circumstances surrounding the allegation".

Borsh's arrest came a week week it was revealed that the head of the Gaza branch of the World Vision charity organization had been using his position to transfer funds to Hamas terrorists.

Following that revelation, Australia announced it would cut funding to the group.




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