UNRWA Says Israeli Inspectors Attempted Raid on East Yerushalayim Clinic

YERUSHALAYIM -

A United Nations Relief Works Agency clinic in Yerushalayim’s Old City claimed on Monday that Israeli government inspectors attempted a raid on its premises, Haaretz reported.

Health Ministry inspectors arrived at the UNRWA clinic asking to see its stock of medications.

Staff at the clinic refused to cooperate with the inspectors, referring them instead to UNRWA’s head offices.

Palestinian sources said such an inspection is very unusual, as the clinic does not work under a Health Ministry permit — thus the description of the visit as a “raid.”

Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher for the NGO Ir Amim, linked the incident with Mayor Nir Barkat’s statement that he intends to close down UNRWA institutions in east Yerushalayim.

No comment was reported from the Health Ministry or the Municipality.