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In Rafah, a UN employee died and another was wounded

Gaza, 14 May In the southern Gazan city of Rafah, an Israeli army gunman shot and killed a UN staff member, according to the media office managed by Hamas.

The UN staff members were traveling in a UN-owned car with UN flags and insignia when they were struck, according to a statement released by the media office on Monday, as reported by Xinhua news agency.

The United Nations verified the UN staffer’s death.

“Deeply saddened to learn of the death of a United Nations Department of Safety and Security (DSS) staff member and injury to another DSS staffer when their UN vehicle was struck as they travelled to the European Hospital in Rafah this morning,” stated UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement on Monday.

He expressed his sympathies to the family of the deceased UN employee, denounced any assaults on UN workers, and demanded a thorough inquiry.

The Israeli army is looking into the shooting incident that occurred at a UN truck, according to Israeli public radio, and the cause of the firing remains unclear.

In a statement, the Israeli army claimed that it is still working to prevent Hamas from “reorganising its ranks” in three cities in the Gaza Strip: Zeitoun, Rafah, and Jabalia.

On Monday, the health officials in Gaza said that there had been 57 fatalities and 82 injuries in the beleaguered enclave. This means that since the current war between Israel and Palestine began, there have been 35,901 deaths and 78,827 injuries.

Since October 7, 2023, Israel has been conducting a massive operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the organization’s rampage over the southern Israeli border, which resulted in the deaths of about 1,200 individuals and the kidnapping of over 200 more.

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