Retired Indian colonel working for UN killed in Rafah,

Retired Indian colonel working for UN killed in Rafah,

New Delhi: A retired Indian colonel working with the United Nations was killed in Gaza when the vehicle he was travelling in came under attack in strife-torn Rafah, the 'first international' casualty for the world body since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Colonel Waibhav Anil Kale, who took premature retirement from the Indian Army in 2022, two months ago joined the UN as a Security Coordination Officer in the UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS).

Kale, who was with the 11 Jammu-Kashmir Rifles (11 J-K Rif), killed in Rafah is the 'first casualty' among international UN staff in Gaza since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas conflict following the October 7 terror attacks.

Another DSS staffer was injured in the incident when their UN vehicle was struck as they travelled to the European Hospital in Rafah.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres '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 travelled to the European Hospital in Rafah' Monday morning.