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An inner investigation into the 12 U.N. reduction employees in Gaza who Israel alleged have been concerned within the Oct. 7 Hamas assault has cleared one individual, “as no evidence was provided by Israel to support the allegations,” mentioned Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for U.N. Secretary General António Guterres.

Investigations into a further three circumstances have been suspended due to inadequate proof offered by Israel, he mentioned, and eight circumstances stay beneath investigation by the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services.

Since Israel made its preliminary costs in January — main main donors, together with the United States, to droop help for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees within the Near East (UNRWA) — it has made allegations about seven extra UNRWA staffers, Dujarric mentioned. These included 5 in March and two in April. Of these, an investigation into one “has also been suspended pending receipt of additional supporting evidence,” Dujarric mentioned. “The remaining six of those cases are currently under investigation.”

Investigators with the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services traveled to Israel to fulfill with Israeli authorities and are anticipated to journey once more in May, Dujarric mentioned.

All of the preliminary 12 support employees have been instantly fired by UNRWA, though two have been reported to have been killed throughout combating in Gaza. Of these circumstances, the United Nations is contemplating what administrative motion to soak up the one case that has been cleared and the three wherein investigations have been suspended. The staff concerned within the seven new circumstances have been positioned on administrative go away with out pay.

Israel has lengthy known as for UNRWA to be dismantled, saying that Palestinians displaced many years in the past by the institution of the state of Israel and their descendants shouldn’t be thought-about refugees. At varied factors because the October assaults, Israel has publicly acknowledged that lots of UNRWA’s 13,000 staffers in Gaza — almost all of whom are Palestinians — have ties to Hamas and different militant teams.

According to an unbiased evaluation of UNRWA’s procedures to make sure neutrality amongst its staff that was launched earlier this week, Israel has not offered proof that important numbers of employees of the help company have hyperlinks to those teams.

Quite a lot of governments had already reversed their preliminary suspension of funding to the company, and extra adopted after the report — led by former French overseas minister Catherine Colonna — primarily offered a clear invoice of well being for the group, together with suggestions for enchancment.

The U.S. intelligence neighborhood didn’t doubt, however couldn’t confirm, Israel’s claims about UNRWA employees on Oct. 7, U.S. officers informed The Washington Post in February, citing a scarcity of unbiased info.

In response to the Colonna report, Israel once more alleged — with out proof — that greater than 2,135 UNRWA employees belong to both Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and that “one-fifth of UNRWA school administrators are Hamas members.”

The Biden administration has known as UNRWA “indispensable” for the supply of humanitarian help in Gaza, however all U.S. help was barred till March of subsequent yr in a funding invoice handed by Congress final month. The United States has lengthy been the biggest donor to UNRWA, offering almost half of its finances.

Here’s what else to know

  • U.S. nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned there’s “new momentum, new life,” to the hostage and cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas. His remarks to MSNBC got here as an Egyptian delegation visited Israel after the Israeli warfare cupboard met to debate hostage deal negotiations, and as Hamas mentioned it was reviewing the most recent provide from Israel.
  • Washington has not determined whether or not to chop support to an Israeli army unit accused of human rights violationsin keeping with two individuals conversant in the matter, who spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate the negotiations. The anticipated determination is the topic of main tensions with Israel. The Netzah Yehuda battalion, consisting of ultra-Orthodox troopers, has been the topic of accusations of abuse towards Palestinians since earlier than the warfare in Gaza, in keeping with Israeli media stories.
  • U.N. officers have obtained stories that not less than two kids have died because of excessive warmth in GazaUNRWA head Philippe Lazzarini mentioned in a assertion. Gaza has been experiencing an uncommon warmth wave, with temperatures hovering round 104 levels Fahrenheit, in keeping with the United Nations.
  • A untimely Palestinian child, delivered through emergency Caesarean part after her mom was fatally wounded, has died in Gaza after 5 days in an incubator, the Associated Press reported. Sabreen Jouda died in a Gaza hospital after her well being deteriorated, her uncle informed the AP. Doctors had operated to save lots of Sabreen after her dad and mom — together with her mom, who was seven months pregnant — and sister have been killed final week in an Israeli airstrike, The Post reported.
  • At least 34,356 individuals have been killed and 77,368 injured in Gaza because the warfare started, in keeping with the Gaza Health Ministry, which doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants however says nearly all of the useless are ladies and kids. Israel estimates that about 1,200 individuals have been killed in Hamas’s Oct. 7 assault, together with greater than 300 troopers, and says 261 troopers have been killed since its army operation in Gaza started.

Claire Parker, John Hudson and Michael Birnbaum contributed to this report.