Shots hitting ex-Indian army officer’s vehicle in Rafah fired from tank: UN | World news

The United Nations vehicle carrying two passengers, including an ex-Indian army officer, in Rafah in the Gaza Strip was apparently hit by shots from a tank operating in the area, a senior official of the world body said on Tuesday.

Colonel Waibhav Anil Kale (retired) opted for early retirement from the Indian Army in July 2022

Colonel (retired) Waibhav Anil Kale was killed in the strike. The 46-year-old, who retired prematurely from the military in 2022, was a security coordinator at the UN’s Department of Safety and Security (DSS), which he joined only two months ago.

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“The weapon appears to have struck the rear of the white vehicle in which the two staff members were traveling. The other passenger, a female DSS staff member, is receiving medical attention and we believe she will survive,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said at a press briefing in response to a question. from PTI.

When asked by the news agency whether there are only Israeli tanks in the region, Haq replied in the affirmative.

“I think that’s a safe assumption, yes. At this stage we have no doubt as to where the shots came from and what the circumstances were. We are in discussions with Israel to determine exactly how this incident happened and what its nature is,” he stated.

The UN has set up an investigative panel to investigate the deadly attack, he added.

Colonel (Retired) Waibhav Kale is the UN’s “first international casualty” in Gaza, Haq further said, adding that there are currently as many as 71 international United Nations staff members in Gaza.

What did Israel say about the assassination?

Without attributing any responsibility, an initial investigation conducted by the Israel Defense Forces shows that the vehicle was hit in an area declared an “active combat zone,” and that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) “was not informed of the vehicle’s route,’ reports AFP.

The IDF recently started an offensive in Rafah against Hamas, the Islamist group responsible for last October’s terrorist attacks in the Jewish state.

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