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Netanyahu says Unrwa mission 'must be terminated'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa) needs to be shut down.

"It's time for the international community and the UN itself to understand that Unrwa's mission must be terminated," Netanyahu told visiting UN delegates, according to a statement from his office.

"It seeks to preserve the issue of Palestinian refugees. We must replace Unrwa with other UN agencies and other aid agencies, if we want to solve the Gaza problem as we plan to do."

Thomas White, the director of Unrwa affairs in Gaza, said on Wednesday that his staff was forced to flee Khan Younis because of intense fighting over the past week.

"We've lost a health clinic, major shelters- facilities that were supporting the people of Khan Younis," White said on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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