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Gaza Strip. The first foreign UN employee was killed in Rafah

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A member of the UN security services was killed on Monday in an attack in the Gaza Strip, the organization announced in a statement. Its spokesman Farhan Haq emphasized that this was the first foreign UN employee killed on Palestinian territory since the fall.

In a statement published on the UN website, it was reported on Monday that a staff member of the UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) was killed in shelling in the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. Another employee of the organization was injured in the incident.

Destruction in Rafah in the Gaza StripPAP/EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

“First foreign victim” from the UN

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“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened to learn of the death of a member of the UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) and the injury of another person when their vehicle was shot at while they were on their way to a hospital in Rafah,” said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.

He stressed that this was the “first foreign casualty” from the UN since Israel launched its offensive in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the October 7 Hamas attack. He recalled that approximately 190 Palestinian UN staff had previously died there, mainly staff of the UN Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA).

“The Secretary-General condemns all attacks on UN staff and calls for a full investigation,” the spokesman added. He did not specify the nationality of the deceased employee of the organization. – I don't know all the details, but it was probably a convoy of cars and a DSS vehicle was hit – he added.

The situation was commented on by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres himself on the X platform. He once again condemned the attacks on humanitarian workers and called for a ceasefire and the release of all hostages.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

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