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Israel to take "punitive" action against UN Humanitarian Affairs Office

Media sources claim that the Israeli government is studying the possibility of "punishing" the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied West Bank by hindering its work. The pretext is that the UN has, alleges Israel, "committed violations of the law, and issued reports that negatively impact the reputation of Israel".


The newspaper Haaretz, said on Sunday, July 15, that relations between the Israelis and OCHA have worsened considerably in recent years as the UN body "stands behind the residents of the West Bank in region C and implements many projects without the approval of the Israeli occupation".

The newspaper quoted a "senior officer" in the Israeli Foreign Ministry, as saying that the international organisation has set up "several projects" in the region, including construction without Israeli permission. "It also works to show the illegality of Israel through its reports that it distributes over the entire world, which caused serious damage to Israel," he added.

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