Accusations threaten UN relief agency

Israeli forces say they have killed Hamas gunmen who were trying to ambush troops on Monday near a hospital in southern Gaza. Aid workers with the Palestine Red Crescent Society said the Israelis are "targeting anyone" moving through the area.

The aid workers said the Al-Amal hospital in the city of Khan Younis has been under siege for eight days and that shelling has made it impossible for their teams to reach those in need. They said a lack of oxygen supplies has forced them to stop performing surgeries.

Palestinian aid workers with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency have heard Israeli officials accuse them of being involved in the Hamas attacks in October.
Media reports say that Israeli intelligence officials shared a dossier listing the names of the employees. They say the document alleges some workers supplied ammunition and helped with kidnappings and suggests 190 UNRWA staff are "hardened fighters."

The accusations have prompted more than a dozen countries including the US, Germany, and Japan to suspend funding to the agency.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet on Tuesday with delegates of major donor countries. His spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said the UN has "tens of thousands of dedicated staff working throughout the region." He said Guterres hopes donors will "at least guarantee the continuity of UNRWA's operation."

Officials with the agency warn their funds could dry up by the end of February.