70 members of a family were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. Among the dead was a veteran UN aid worker. This was stated by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in a statement.
Issam al-Mughrabi, 56, his wife, five children and dozens of other relatives were killed in the bombing near Gaza City, the statement said.
Achim Steiner, head of the UNDP expressed grief over the incident and said, “I am deeply saddened by the death of our UNDP colleague and his family in Gaza. More than 70 members of his entire family were reportedly killed in the airstrike.
In a statement, the UNDP called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Because the level of death and destruction inside Gaza is preventing the delivery of desperately needed relief.
On October 7, Hamas fighters ambushed Israel’s northern Erez border. Then the Israeli air force started operations in Gaza from that day. Later, the ground forces also joined the operation from October 28.
The Gaza Strip has been reduced to rubble in the continuous one and a half month operation by Israeli forces, killing more than 20,000 Palestinians. 70 percent of these victims are women, children, minors, adolescents and the elderly. Along with that, another 52 thousand 586 people were injured and 6 thousand 700 people are still missing. In addition, thousands of families have lost their housing and have taken shelter in various schools, government institutions and hospital premises.