The head of humanitarian aid charity Red Crescent in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has heavily criticised terrorist organisation Hamas for their “betrayal” by deliberately firing rockets in front of a field hospital and preventing the distribution of aid during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, while speaking in the UAE this week.
Secretary-General Mohamed Ateeq Al-Falahi said that while Red Crescent staff were placed at a UAE field hospital in the Gaza Strip, Hamas terrorists began firing rockets from the hospital to deliberately illicit a response from Israel. He said that this then sabotaged the charity’s attempts to distribute aid.
Mr Al-Falahi stated: “While we were in the field hospital that the UAE built, we were surprised by… someone from Hamas instigating Israeli forces by launching locally made rockets from the field hospital”.
He said that he felt his organisation was sacrificed by the “wicked” terror group, stating that “what hurts is that the betrayal came from our own people”.
The Red Crescent boss added: “They always claim the enemy [Israel] targets humanitarian envoys, but the betrayal came from them”.
As the charity left the region, Mr Al-Falahi said that Hamas accused them of being spies, informing extremist militias in Sinai to prepare for jihad against them. The Secretary-General described Operation Protective Edge as “Muslims fighting Muslims, who were giving humanitarian aid to Muslims”.
Throughout Operation Protective Edge, a total of 4,564 rockets and mortars were launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip, and 32 cross-border terror tunnels, through which Hamas planned and used to infiltrate Israel to carry out terror attacks, were uncovered and destroyed by the IDF.