UN aid worker killed in Gaza shooting identified as Waibhav Anil Kale, originally from India

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Tel Aviv, May 14: The United Nations (UN) aid worker who was killed while traveling in a vehicle to a hospital in the Khan Younis region from the Rafah region has been identified as an Indian national. Waibhav Anil Kale (46) was a former member of the Indian Army. Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General, announced the identity of the deceased aid worker in a statement Monday evening.

According to the UN official’s statement, Waibhav Anil Kale joined the United Nations as coordinator of security services in Gaza a month ago. Sources within UN agencies told IANS that Kale was traveling in a vehicle marked as that of the United Nations. Israel-Gaza conflict: Israel reopens Kerem Shalom border crossing for aid delivery to war-torn nation.

However, UN sources said it was not clear who fired on the vehicle in which Waibhav Anil Kale was traveling with another UN aid worker. This is the first such death within the UN in the Gaza conflict. Israel-Hamas war: 36 Palestinians killed during nighttime Israeli strikes in Gaza, the toll reaches 32,782, says the Ministry of Health.

The Israeli military has previously said it is investigating the firing and death of the UN aid worker. In a statement released Monday evening, the IDF said the attack occurred in an active combat zone and that it was investigating the attack and the death of the U.N. aid worker.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on May 14, 2024 09:28 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment & lifestyle , log in to our website