Flags flew half-mast at United Nations in memory of colleagues killed in Israel-Hamas conflict

Flags flew half-mast at United Nations

BANGKOK: The staff of the United Nations observed a minute’s silence in memory of colleagues who got killed in Gaza as a result of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Additionally, the flags flew at half-mast at United Nations compounds across Asia.

The intergovernmental organization lowered its blue and white flag at offices in Bangkok, Tokyo and Beijing at 9:30 am local time. Similarly, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Roza Otunbayeva led about 250 people in observing a minute’s silence in an event held in Kathmandu and Kabul. The mourning took place after a day of significant deaths & injuries took place due to strikes on a facility in Gaza.

On Friday, the UN agency for supporting Palestinians (UNRWA) announced the demise of over 100 of its employees in the Gaza Strip since the war started.

Israel has been targeting the Gaza Strip with continuous bombardment since Hamas carried out a deadly attack on Israeli communities. Officials from Israel claimed that around 240 people were taken hostage and 1,200 people killed in the Hamas attacks.

Meanwhile, the health ministry in the territory stated that more than 11,000 people lost their lives in retaliatory strikes by Israel at Gaza.

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