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Minute of silence for fallen UN colleagues in Gaza

UN’s staff honour colleagues who made ultimate sacrifice during Israel-Palestine crisis

The UN flag flew at half-mast at the Organization’s offices around the world on Monday in memory of the 101 staff members of the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, killed in Gaza since the start of Israel’s retaliation for Hamas’s massacres perpetrated in southern Israel on 7 October.

At a solemn ceremony at UN Geneva, Director-General Tatiana Valovaya thanked staff for their sacrifice, highlighting the importance of their work at a time when multilateralism was under threat.

“Over the last months, 101 of our colleagues have lost their lives in Gaza. This is the highest number of aid workers killed in the history of our organization in such a short time,” said Ms. Valovaya.

The ceremony was held at the Palace of Nations in front of the Human Rights Room where UN staff gather every August to commemorate World Humanitarian Day and UN colleagues who lost their lives while working for the United Nations.

“We are gathered here today, united in this very symbolic location to pay respect to our brave colleagues who sacrificed their lives while serving under the United Nations flag,” Ms. Valovaya said, after UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s invitation to all staff to observe a minute of silence to mourn and honour colleagues killed in Gaza.

“Thousands of our colleagues continue to work under the U.N. flag in [the] most risky parts of the world. Let's pay tribute to their activities, to their work, to their devotion,” Ms. Valovaya continued.

The UN flag was lowered to half-mast in all UN Secretariat office stations, as a mark of respect on this solemn occasion.

The ceremonies took place against a backdrop of a spiralling humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where more patients, including premature babies, have reportedly died in Gaza City’s Al-Shifa hospital.

The health facility has gone three days without electricity amid intensifying Israeli military operations, making a ceasefire more urgent than ever, UN humanitarians have said.

The UN’s health agency WHO said on Sunday night that according to the Gaza health authorities, 37 premature babies at the hospital were relocated over the weekend to an operating room without their incubators, with health workers trying to heat the room.

According to the latest media reports on Monday, six babies at Al-Shifa have died.

“The world cannot stand silent while hospitals, which should be safe havens, are transformed into scenes of death, devastation and despair,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reiterating calls for an immediate stop to the fighting.

Al-Shifa is the epicentre of armed clashes in Gaza City following claims by the Israeli military that Hamas has built a command centre under the hospital. The claims have repeatedly been denied by medical professionals working there.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said on Monday that its guesthouse in Rafah had “sustained significant damage from Israeli Force naval strikes” on Sunday, with no reported casualties.  

“The disregard for the protection of civilian infrastructure including UN facilities, hospitals, schools, shelters and places of worship is testament to the level of horror that civilians in Gaza are living every day,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.  

No matter where conflicts happen, the UN has reiterated that humanitarians should never be a target, and that hospitals and medical personnel are specifically protected under international humanitarian law.

UN humanitarian affairs coordination office OCHA said in addition to the deceased infants, 10 other patients have died at Al-Shifa, while three nurses were killed amid bombing and armed clashes. Critical infrastructure, including the oxygen station, water tanks and a well, the cardiovascular facility and the maternity ward, has been damaged.

While many internally displaced persons who were sheltering at the hospital and some staff and patients have managed to flee, “others are trapped inside, fearing to leave or physically unable to do so”, OCHA said. According to media reports on Monday morning, thousands could still be inside the complex.

Other attacks on health facilities have been reported over the weekend. OCHA said that on Saturday an airstrike reportedly hit and destroyed the Swedish clinic in Ash Shati camp, west of Gaza city, where some 500 displaced persons were sheltering.

On Saturday night another airstrike hit Al Mahdi Hospital in Gaza city, reportedly killing two doctors and injuring others. 

OCHA said that on Sunday, for the second consecutive day, following the collapse of services and communications at hospitals in northern Gaza, the Ministry of Health in the enclave did not update casualty figures.

The latest update provided on Friday showed that 11,078 people had been killed in the Strip since 7 October. According to Israeli official sources, 47 soldiers have been killed since the start of ground operations stands at 47.

Hundreds of thousands of people remaining in the north are struggling to survive, OCHA said. Consumption of water from unsafe sources “raises serious concerns” about dehydration and waterborne diseases, hunger is rampant, and WFP has sounded the alarm over risks of malnutrition and starvation.

Tens of thousands of displaced persons continued over the weekend to flee the north through a “corridor” opened by the Israeli military but their lives were still at risk in the south amid ongoing bombing and desperately overcrowded shelters. “Nowhere in Gaza is safe,” UNRWA’s Mr. Lazzarini stressed.

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STORY: Minute of silence for fallen UN colleagues in Gaza

TRT: 1:48”
SOURCE: UNTV CH
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
ASPECT RATIO: 16:9
DATELINE: 13 November 2023 - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST

  1. Exterior wide shot: UN building with all flags down, UN Geneva.
  2. Exterior medium shot, UN building with UN flag at half-mast, UN Geneva
  3. Cutaway: Wide shot, ceremony with UN DG, UN Geneva
  4. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva: “Over the last months 101 of our colleagues have lost their lives in Gaza. This is the highest number of aid workers killed in the history of our organization in such a short time. And we are gathered here today, united in this very symbolic location to pay respect to our brave colleagues who sacrificed their lives while serving under the United Nations flag.”
  5. Cutaway: Medium shot, UN Geneva’s Chief Protocol lighting up a candle
  6. Cutaway: Wide shot, UN staff gathering, UN Geneva
  7. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva: “Please join me for the minute of silence”.
  8. Cutaway: Pan and wide shot, UN staff gathering during the minute of silence, UN Geneva
  9. Medium shot, Director- General Tatiana Valovaya with UN security saluting
  10. Close up, UN security saluting
  11. Close up, Director- General Tatiana Valovaya during minute of silence
  12. Close up, UN security saluting
  13. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH)Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva: “Thousands of our colleagues continue to work under the U.N. flag in [the] most risky parts of the world. And let's pay tribute to their activities, to their work, to their devotion.”
  14. Cutaway: Wide shot, UN staff gathering, UN Geneva
  15. Cutaway: Close up, candle burning

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