Israeli TV station corrects wrong claims against UN in Gaza

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Palestinian boys raise their hands at a school in Gaza supported by UNRWA

Israel's highest-rated television news programme has published a statement correcting false claims made against the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) during the Gaza war in 2008-2009.

UNRWA says Channel Two News makes it clear that Israeli officials acknowledged the falsehood of the claims that rockets were fired from schools operated by UNRWA during that war.

Donn Bobb reports.

According to UNRWA the statement by Channel Two News says that Israeli officials admitted that there was no evidence to support the claims of rockets being fired from the agency's schools.

UNRWA spokesperson, Chris Gunness, says the misinformation started when there was shelling on and around the agency's schools and its main warehouse in Gaza.

UNRWA points out that after the warehouse was destroyed along with all material and equipment, the Israeli government paid over USD $10 million to the United Nations.

Mr. Gunness says that Israeli officials made it clear to the UN during the war itself that they knew claims about militants in UNRWA installations were completely false.

This is the third time in just a few months that a major news organization has issued a public retraction because of false information about UNRWA, Mr. Gunness adds.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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