ABC News reported that officials of the Hamas government does not allow UN staff and its missions to leave the Gaza strip.
According to one of representatives of the UN, in «the hostage» Hamas is Mahmoud Daher, head of the representative office of the world health organization in the Palestinian authority. On 11 February he was forbidden to leave the Gaza strip.
The UN representative who spoke with journalists on condition of anonymity, said that two weeks the Hamas government issued a decree according to which officials of international missions to leave the Gaza strip into Israeli territory must obtain permission from local authorities.
AP, disseminating this information to one of the first to have suggested that the way Hamas is trying to put pressure on the UN.