The Israeli army calls for an investigation after publishing a video showing armed men at a UN facility in Gaza

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Drone footage released by the Israeli military on Tuesday, and geolocated by CNN, shows the armed men near UN-marked vehicles at an UNRWA logistics facility in Gaza.


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The Israeli military called on the United Nations to investigate the presence of militants at a UN facility in Israel South Gaza After publishing a video clip showing armed men in the facility.

Drone footage released by the Israeli military on Tuesday, and geolocated by CNN, shows the armed men near vehicles bearing UN markings at the site. UNRWA A logistics facility in Rafah, which served as a major distribution point for aid. The IDF said the footage was filmed on May 11, three days before the IDF released it. CNN cannot independently verify the date the video was filmed.

unrwa, The main United Nations agency operating in GazaShe said she was “unable to verify the authenticity or content” of the video, but said it was “possible” that the video showed an UNRWA warehouse that was evacuated last week.

“UNRWA condemns the use of UN facilities by any party to the conflict for military/combat purposes. We have repeatedly called for independent investigations and accountability for the blatant disregard for the lives of UN staff, buildings and operations,” UNRWA spokesperson Juliette Touma said in a statement. All parties to the conflict must respect the inviolability and neutrality of United Nations facilities. Under no circumstances should anyone possess or use weapons in a United Nations facility.

Touma said that UNRWA employees were ordered to evacuate the facility last week “for their safety” following Israeli military evacuation orders for parts of eastern Rafah. Touma said UNRWA employees left the vehicles and flour at the facility.

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The Israeli military said that the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories Unit, the Israeli agency charged with coordinating humanitarian aid to Gaza, shared its findings with “senior officials in the international community,” including UN officials.

“This is a worrying phenomenon,” IDF spokesman Major Nir Dinar told CNN. “This is not the first time we have witnessed the presence of armed individuals in UN facilities and vehicles.”

Dinar said that the Israeli army “did not strike the militants and vehicles because it was clear that they were in a UN facility and in close proximity to UN staff.” However, the Israeli military has carried out raids on UN facilities in the past, including the same facility east of Rafah in March, according to a video of the raid released by the Israeli military at the time.

It is unclear whether the armed men shown in the IDF drone footage are part of Hamas or other armed groups in Gaza.

The Israeli army published the video clip one day after a UN employee was killed and another was injured when the UN-marked car in which they were traveling was bombed in Rafah. The United Nations said it believed a tank fired on the car, and the Israeli military said the incident was “under review.”

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