A Palestinian headmaster and science teacher at a United Nations school in Gaza also built rockets for Islamic Jihad.
Awad al-Qiq’s double life, revealed after he was killed last week in an Israeli airstrike, represents a major embarrassment for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, according to a Reuters report. UNRWA has insisted to Israel and the world that it does not help Palestinian terrorists.
No one from the United Nations attended the funeral or visited Qiq’s widow and five children, relatives told Reuters. UNRWA is looking into the issue.
Reuters reported that Qiq’s body was wrapped in an Islamic Jihad flag at his funeral and that the organization’s leaders called him a martyr who led their “engineering unit” – code for bomb makers.
Israel’s April 30 attack at Rafah, close to the Egyptian border, hit a workshop used for making rockets and weapons. Qiq was involved in developing rockets and mortars, an Israeli intelligence source told Reuters.
Israel has claimed for years that Palestinian terrorists use UNRWA equipment to fight Israel.