UNRWA report claims some agency employees admitted Hamas ties under Israeli coercion --11-page document says detained staffers tortured by military to make false accusations, though agency does not provide transcripts of interviews with freed prisoners or evidence | 9 March 2024 | The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees claimed that some Gazan employees released from Israeli detention reported having been coerced into stating that the agency has Hamas links and that staff took part in the October 7 massacre. The assertions are contained in a report by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) reviewed by Reuters and dated February 2024, which detailed allegations of mistreatment in Israeli detention made by unidentified Palestinians, including several working for UNRWA. Reuters could not independently confirm the accounts of coercion of UNRWA staff and mistreatment of detainees, although the allegations of ill-treatment accord with some descriptions by Palestinians freed from detention in December, February and March reported by Reuters and other news media... The IDF said its intelligence shows that some 450 terror operatives in Gaza, mostly Hamas members, are also employed by UNRWA.