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    “Newly Hired UN Staff Member, Former Indian Army Officer, killed in Rafah After Just 2 Months on Job”

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    Former Indian Army Officer Working for UN Killed in Gaza Attack

    In a tragic incident highlighting the dangers faced by humanitarian workers in conflict zones, a former Indian Army officer working for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (DSS) was killed in an attack in Rafah, Gaza Strip. This marks the first time an international staff member of the UN has died since the onset of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

    The victim, identified as Col Waibhav Anil Kale (retired), had recently joined the UN DSS, opting for premature retirement from the Indian Army in July 2022. Commissioned in the 11 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles army in 2000, Kale was an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy. He leaves behind his wife and two teenage children.

    The UN confirmed the incident, stating that a DSS staff member was killed and another injured when their UN vehicle was struck while en route to the European Hospital in Rafah. Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the attack, calling for a full investigation into the incident.

    The Israeli military, while not attributing responsibility for the strike, indicated that the UN vehicle was hit in an area declared an active combat zone. However, they clarified that they had not been made aware of the vehicle’s route.

    India, in response to the incident, has called for an immediate cessation of hostilities, the release of hostages taken during previous terror attacks, resumption of humanitarian aid, and a return to dialogue for a two-state solution.

    This tragic event underscores the risks faced by humanitarian workers in conflict zones like Gaza. The UN has reiterated its commitment to the safety and security of its personnel and has called for urgent measures to protect humanitarian workers.

    Sources By Agencies

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