JERUSALEM: The Israeli army mentioned on Tuesday {that a} automobile carrying UN employees that was hit in Rafah in southern Gaza was in an “energetic fight zone” on the time.
The United Nations mentioned {that a} UN safety companies member was killed in an assault on a automobile in Gaza on Monday, marking the primary loss of life of a UN worldwide worker within the Palestinian territory because the struggle started greater than seven months in the past.
One other United Nations Division of Security and Safety (DSS) employees member was wounded within the assault, a spokesman for UN chief Antonio Guterres mentioned, including that the 2 had been travelling to the European Hospital in Rafah when their automobile was hit.
When requested in regards to the assault, the army despatched AFP an announcement apparently drafted on Monday saying that the DSS had knowledgeable it of the hit.
“An preliminary inquiry carried out signifies that the automobile was hit in an space declared an energetic fight zone,” the army mentioned, sustaining that it had “not been made conscious of the route of the automobile”.
“The incident is beneath evaluation,” it mentioned, with out attributing duty for the strike.
The DSS didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Whereas Monday’s assault marked the primary time a UN worldwide worker has been killed within the Gaza struggle, numerous native employees have been killed.
The UN company for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, alone has misplaced 188 of its 13,000 Gaza employees, in keeping with UN figures.
“Nobody is protected in Gaza together with assist employees,” UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini mentioned on X, previously Twitter.
The bloodiest ever Gaza struggle broke out after Hamas’s October 7 assault on Israel, which resulted within the deaths of greater than 1,170 individuals, largely civilians, in keeping with an AFP tally of Israeli official figures.
Israel’s retaliatory offensive towards Hamas has killed a minimum of 35,173 Palestinians in Gaza, largely ladies and youngsters, in keeping with the Hamas-run territory’s well being ministry.


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