May 13, 2024, 9:37 PM

UN confirms killing of staff in Israeli attack

UN confirms killing of staff in Israeli attack

TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) – The UN has confirmed its first international staff casualty in Gaza after a UN vehicle was hit in Rafah.

Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said during a news conference that the total number of UN staff killed in Gaza since October 7 has reached 190.

He said the Rafah incident could be characterized as an attack.

Screengrabs from video obtained and verified by Al Jazeera show heavy damage to a clearly marked UN vehicle after it came under fire by Israeli forces.

The UN confirmed a short while ago that this attack killed the organization’s first foreign staff member in Israel’s war on Gaza.

A spokesperson for the secretary-general confirmed that there were two individuals in Rafah in a UN-marked vehicle on their way to the European Hospital there as part of their duties.

The UN said they work for the Department of Safety and Security and that they came under fire, and one of them was killed, and that person is an international staff member of the UN. The UN is not confirming what country the individual is from as it is still waiting to inform family members.

The second individual was injured; we’re told their injuries are minor and that they expect to have a full recovery.


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