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Israeli TV network retracts allegations UNRWA transports weapons in Gaza

July 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Israel’s Channel Two last night retracted allegations that an UNRWA ambulance was “transporting militants in Gaza on the night of July 19, 2014” following indisputable evidence that the allegation was baseless.

UNRWA spokesman, Chris Gunness said: “This is another regrettable example in that long catalogue of sloppy journalism.” Fearing the consequences these rumours will have on their ability to assist Palestinians, he urged the public to “treat them [allegations] with the suspicion they deserve” and called “on all journalists to check with us first before damaging the credibility of their organisations.”

In October 2012, Israel Channel Two News was forced to publish a similar retraction following false claims about UNRWA’s neutrality record.

“UNRWA is working under incredible pressure right now in Gaza providing assistance to tens of thousands of people displaced by the fighting. Even during this extraordinarily difficult situation, we do our utmost to maintain the highest standards of neutrality for our staff, our property and in our installations,” Gunness concluded.