Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on a security incident in Gaza

13 May 2024

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General


The Secretary-General 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 traveled to the European Hospital in Rafah this morning.

The Secretary-General condemns all attacks on UN personnel and calls for a full investigation. He sends his condolences to the family of the fallen staff member.

With the conflict in Gaza continuing to take a heavy toll – not only on civilians, but also on humanitarian workers – the Secretary-General reiterates his urgent appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and for the release of all hostages.

New York, 13 May 2024

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Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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