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UNRWA: 79 of our employees killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza

Monday 6-November-2023

UNRWA has said that in the last 48 hours five more of its employees were killed in the Gaza Strip taking the total death toll of its personnel to 79 since the Israeli army started its war on October 7.

At least 24 of UNRWA staffers have also been injured till date according a statement released by the agency on Sunday.

“Like most Gazans our staff have also lost relatives friends neighbors and are themselves displaced with their families. And yet they continue to work tirelessly to provide humanitarian assistance” the statement said.

48 of UNRWA facilities across Gaza had been damaged by Israeli shelling.

The UN refugee agency said that on November 3 two of its schools in the refugee camps of Jabalia and Nuseirat were hit by Israeli airstrikes.

At least 15 people were killed and 70 others injured in the direct strike on the UNRWA school in Jabalia while the strikes near the UNRWA school in Nuseirat injured 11 displaced persons sheltering in the facility.

UNRWA also said more than 1.5 million people in Gaza had been displaced from their homes since the start of the war with almost half living in 149 of its facilities.

UNRWA pointed out that it had lost contact with the vast majority of its team in Gaza during Israel’s disconnection of communications in the Strip on Sunday. It was the third time the Israeli army had cut off communications in the past 10 days.

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