Ex-Indian Army officer working with UN agency killed in Rafah

New Delhi/United Nations, May 14 (UNI) A former Indian Army officer working with a UN agency in Gaza was killed when the UN vehicle he was travelling in came under attack in war-torn Rafah today. The Indian Mission in UN has condoled his death.

The Indian Mission posted on X:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Col Waibhav Kale, working for the UN Department of Safety and Security in Gaza. Our deepest condolences are with the family during this difficult time.”

According to reports, Col Kale had taken premature retirement from the Indian Army in 2022, and joined the UN as a Security Coordination Officer in the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (DSS).

He had served with the 11 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, condoled he death. He said in a statement:

“The Secretary-General was 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 traveled to the European Hospital in Rafah this morning.

“The Secretary-General condemns all attacks on UN personnel and calls for a full investigation. He sends his condolences to the family of the fallen staff member.

“With the conflict in Gaza continuing to take a heavy toll – not only on civilians, but also on humanitarian workers – the Secretary-General reiterates his urgent appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and for the release of all hostages.”

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