The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has sadly reported that 101 of its employees have been killed since the onset of the conflict in the Middle East on October 7th. This is the highest death toll the organisation has ever recorded in a single conflict.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency responsible for providing education, health care, and essential social services to Palestinians living in the Middle East who are registered as refugees. As the conflict has intensified in recent weeks, UNRWA has been forced to close many of its educational and health facilities, thus putting the lives of many of its employees and those seeking aid at risk.
The conflict has caused immense destruction to the infrastructure of the region, including UNRWA facilities, resulting in the deaths of 101 of the organisation’s employees, including teachers, medical personnel, and administrative staff. Among those killed were two UNRWA teachers who were killed in an airstrike while they were travelling to their workplace.
UNRWA has condemned the attacks on its facilities and personnel and has called on all parties to respect international law and the protection of civilians. It has also called on the international community to assist those affected by the conflict.
The conflict in the Middle East has caused immense suffering to the people of the region, and the death toll of UNRWA employees is a tragic reminder of the human cost of this conflict. The UNRWA is committed to continuing its mission to provide aid and assistance to those in need and to ensure that those affected by the conflict can rebuild their lives.
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