Statement on the killing of UNDP staff member and family in Gaza

December 22, 2023

I am deeply saddened to announce the death of our UNDP colleague and his family in Gaza today. Issam Al Mughrabi (56), his wife Lamya’a (53), and his children Mohammad (32), Suad (30), Lama (27), Luai (23), Obaideh (13), were killed by an Israeli air strike near Gaza City today. The airstrike also reportedly killed more than 70 members of his extended family.    

For almost 30 years, Issam has worked with UNDP through our Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. He will be remembered as a beloved member of the PAPP team.  

The loss of Issam and his family has deeply affected us all. The UN and civilians in Gaza are not a target.  

This war must end. No more families should endure the pain and suffering that Issam's family and countless others are experiencing. 

On behalf of UNDP, I send my condolences to Issam’s loved ones, our PAPP colleagues, and everyone who knew Issam and his family.