The United Nations on Wednesday accused Hamas of breaking into a Gaza Strip warehouse and stealing food and blankets intended for distribution...

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CAIRO, Egypt — The United Nations on Wednesday accused Hamas of breaking into a Gaza Strip warehouse and stealing food and blankets intended for distribution to 500 needy families.

Armed police officers broke into a warehouse in the Beach Refugee Camp in Gaza City and confiscated more than 3,500 blankets and 400 food parcels Tuesday, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency said.

The police entered the warehouse shortly after humanitarian-aid staff had refused to hand over the supplies to the Hamas-run Ministry of Social Affairs, said UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness.

Ahmad Kurd, a Hamas ministry official, said the United Nations was providing aid to local groups associated with Hamas opponents, according to The Associated Press. A ministry spokesman said the U.N. was storing blankets in an unauthorized area.

UNRWA was created in 1948 to provide assistance to millions of Palestinians left homeless after the creation of Israel. The agency provides food and other aid to more than half of the Gaza Strip’s population of 1.5 million.

The confrontation reflects a larger dispute over who will control the flow of aid, supplies and funding needed to help Gaza rebuild after a 22-day Israeli offensive designed to end years of Gazan rocket launches against southern Israeli cities.

Hamas officials have claimed they were open to multiple agencies, governments and organizations participating in reconstruction, even its rival Fatah faction, which controls the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced Wednesday the creation of a $600 million reconstruction fund to rebuild the estimated 5,000 homes destroyed during the Israeli offensive. Most funds will be contributed by wealthy nations.