- On Friday, Lazzarini said Israel provided the agency with “information about the alleged involvement of several UNRWA employees” in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack, without specifying further. He said UNRWA launched an independent investigation.
- U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said 12 UNRWA employees were implicated in the alleged misconduct. Of those, “nine were immediately identified and terminated,” one is “confirmed dead,” and “the identity of the two others is being clarified,” he said Sunday.
- Since Friday, at least nine countries have suspended their funding to UNRWA. Lazzarini said the moves were “shocking” and urged the countries to maintain lifesaving aid for vulnerable Palestinians.
- It’s not clear whether the pause in funding is immediate or affects future funding pledges, but Guterres said UNRWA could run out of money to meet all the needs of Palestinians displaced by the war as soon as February.
- A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the move to suspend funding “sends a wrong message” and urged countries to reverse course. “It’s a humanitarian issue,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh said.
Which countries have suspended funding?