The chief of the main United Nations aid agency in Gaza said on Thursday that 72 of its staff members have been killed in the enclave since the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas broke out on October 7, APA reports citing CNN.
"We have lost as of now 72 staff," Philippe Lazzarini, commissioner general of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), told CNN.
He continued by saying that UNRWA staff in Gaza are "sharing the same living condition(s) ... (as) anyone else."
"They're struggling on a daily basis to find the bread, to find the water, to protect their children. And despite that, and despite the heavy loss within this organization, they remain committed to do whatever is possible to provide support to the people in Gaza. But it's a constant daily struggle," Lazzarini said.
On Wednesday, UNRWA communications director Juliette Touma echoed that sentiment, saying "no place is safe" in Gaza. Some staff workers were killed "in the line of duty and some were killed at home," she said.