Middle East Unrest

United Nations Workers Killed as Israel Steps Up Gaza Attacks

Two employees of the United Nation's main agency in Gaza were killed on Tuesday as Israel stepped up its attacks on the enclave. Chris Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), declined to provide any further details on the incident. Six U.N. workers have been killed during the ongoing offensive. Israel's nearly three-week incursion into the Gaza Strip has been punctuated by strikes on U.N. facilities and civilian centers. The U.N. has said Israel may have committed war crimes by shelling hospitals and homes where it claims Hamas is hiding personnel and rockets.

Bombing was especially heavy overnight, according to NBC News journalists in Gaza. The Palestinian death toll stands at 1,156, with 71 people killed on Tuesday. Fifty-three Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed since the beginning of the operation.




- Lawahez Jabari and F. Brinley Bruton