Rubio urges UN chief to fire head of UNRWA in wake of employees’ Hamas connections

EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged the head of the United Nations, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, to fire the leader of its Palestinian aid agency amid revelations employees took part in Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Philippe Lazzarini, the commissioner of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, announced in late January the firing of 12 workers who purportedly participated in various aspects of the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks. Since then, about half of its donor countries have paused their funding of the agency.

“Let me be clear, all UNRWA staff who have supported, made statements in support of, or conducted and/or participated in violent acts should be suspended immediately, without pay, until a full and transparent international investigation has concluded,” Rubio wrote in a letter
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