Eleven employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) were killed in Gaza. About it stated UNRWA Deputy Director for Gaza Affairs Jennifer Austin.
“It is with deep sadness that I confirm that 11 UNRWA colleagues have been killed in the Gaza Strip since 7 October. These included five UNRWA school teachers, one gynecologist, one engineer, one psychologist and three support staff. Some were killed in their homes with their families,” the statement said.
Austin stressed that UN staff and civilians must be protected at all times during conflict and called for a cessation of hostilities “to avoid further civilian casualties.”
The UN General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestinian refugees. UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
The worsening Palestinian-Israeli conflict has already killed more than 2,000 people. On the Israeli side – more than 1,200 people, over 3,400 more people were injured. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, more than 900 people were killed, and more than 4,500 were injured.