This sounds good, until you see Coomaraswamy implying that if she could meet with Hamas on an official level — which would require removal of its designation as a terrorist organization — everything would be A-OK. “UN to probe Hamas for use of children,” by Ruth Eglash for the Jerusalem Post, February 6 (thanks to Block Ness):
The United Nations is ready to address Hamas’s use of children as human shields during last month’s IDF offensive in Gaza, the UN special representative for children and armed conflict told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
“We have not yet dealt directly with the human shield issue, but we will now mention it in our reports,” Radhika Coomaraswamy said in an exclusive interview following a four-day visit to the region.
“It is still very difficult for us to say that it was actually happening and we still need to conduct a full investigation into what exactly took place… but we are not denying that it happened; it is absolutely possible that Hamas was using its civilians as human shields,” she said.
However, Coomaraswamy said that the UN’s policy not to meet with leading members of the Hamas government – because it was officially considered a terrorist organization – seriously hampered all types of humanitarian relief work in the Gaza Strip.
“It makes all our humanitarian jobs very difficult, because we cannot meet with Hamas at a political level,” said Coomaraswamy, who this week met with high-level Israeli and Palestinian Authority officials, including PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayad, as well as with many children in both Gaza and Ashkelon to hear about the conflict from a more personal angle.
Coomaraswamy, who was appointed to her position three years ago and reports directly to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the work of UN aid agencies and other relief efforts over the past two and a half weeks since the fighting stopped meant that “basic humanitarian needs are being met” in Gaza.
However, “the children are still in urgent need of assistance, including the restoration of basic services and the immediate reconstruction of schools and hospitals,” she said in a press statement later on Thursday.
“UNRWA says that in order to avoid a crisis it needs roughly 400 aid trucks a day, but at the moment only about 130-140 trucks are allowed in to meet with humanitarian needs,” she told the Post….
And those are the ones Hamas loots.