UN chief Guterres warns Palestinian aid agency UNRWA cannot be replaced

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday warned that the organisation's Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA cannot be replaced, even as it faces criticism and donor pullout after 12 staffers were accused by Israel of involvement in the Hamas-led October 7 attacks. Fears over conditions throughout Gaza are mounting as more than 1 million Palestinians seek shelter in Rafah, where Israel is intensifying bombardment in preparation for a possible ground operation. Read our blog to see how the day's events unfolded.

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