A United Nations official has been killed along with more than 70 members of his extended family in an Israeli air strike near Gaza City, as hundreds of people have been killed in intensified bombardment since Friday’s UN Security Council resolution that has been criticised as “woefully insufficient”.
Issam Al Mughrabi, 56, who worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for nearly three decades was killed along with his wife and children in an Israeli air strike.
Offering his condolences to Issam’s family and colleagues, the World Health Organization’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed in a post on X that “humanitarians should never be victims” and called for a ceasefire.
Since Israel’s attacks on Gaza began on the 7th October, 136 staff members of the UN have been killed. On Friday, the UN’s Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said that throughout the UN’s history, they had never witnessed the death of their staff in such large numbers.