Israel charges UN employee in Gaza Strip for assisting Hamas

Israel charges UN employee in Gaza Strip for assisting Hamas

Israel has arrested a Palestinian employee of the United Nations in Gaza, accusing him of using his position to assist the Islamic militant Hamas group, which rules the coastal territory.

Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency says Waheed Borsh, 38, an engineer working for the UN development agency UNDP in the Gaza Strip since 2003, was indicted on Tuesday.

It says he confessed to using UNDP resources to build a jetty for Hamas's naval forces.

Shin Bet also says Borsh persuaded his managers to prioritise the reconstruction of houses damaged in conflicts with Israel in areas where Hamas members lived.

Israel has also charged a Gaza manager of charity World Vision for allegedly funnelling millions of dollars to help Hamas build tunnels, purchase arms and construct military bases.

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