Israel-Palestine Escalation
Israel was hit by an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on October 7, with Hamas movement's troops infiltrating border areas. On October 8, the Israeli government announced that it had invoked Article 40 of the Basic Law, which means the country was officially in a state of war.

UNRWA Chief in Moscow From April 24-25, Will Brief BRICS on Gaza, Source Says

© AP Photo / Hassan EslaiahСотрудники ООН и Красного Полумесяца готовят помощь для распределения среди палестинцев на складе в Дейр-эль-Балахе, сектор Газа
Сотрудники ООН и Красного Полумесяца готовят помощь для распределения среди палестинцев на складе в Дейр-эль-Балахе, сектор Газа - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 24.04.2024
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The head of the UN Palestinian relief agency UNRWA Philippe Lazzarini is due to arrive to Moscow today to participate in a BRICS meeting by briefing member countries on the latest developments in Gaza, a UN source told Sputnik on Wednesday.
“Mr. Lazzarini is visiting Moscow on April 24-25. He will address the BRICS meeting (at the deputy Foreign Ministers' level) and will give latest about Gaza and could meet BRICS deputy foreign ministers, including Russian,” a UN source told Sputnik.
Lazzarini's visit to Russia comes after several countries paused funding for UNRWA amid Israeli allegations that a "significant" number of the agency's staff are members of Hamas and other "terrorist" organizations.
In early February, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed an independent review panel led by former French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna to probe UNRWA's activities for alleged links with Hamas. Colonna's final report, published on Monday, concluded that Israel had provided no evidence to support its claims that UNRWA staff are members of "terrorist organizations."
Destroyed buildings from Israeli airstrikes are seen in the northern Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 22.04.2024
Israel-Palestine Escalation
UN Probe Says Israel Provided No Evidence of UNRWA Workers' Ties to Terror Groups
In January, Israel shared data with UNRWA's leadership on the alleged involvement of some of its staff members in the October 7 Hamas attack and vowed to hold accountable anyone involved in "acts of terror."
A number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada and Japan, responded to Israel's allegations by suspending funding to the agency. By March, however, many of these nations had decided to resume their funding, though the United States, the agency's largest donor, has not done so.