White House security advisor discusses ‘dire’ Gaza situation with UNRWA head

US Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer spoke with UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini on Friday to discuss the “dire humanitarian situation” in Gaza.

According to a readout of the call, Finer expressed his condolences for the loss of 103 UNRWA staff in Gaza since October 7, the highest number of UN aid workers killed in any conflict, according to the statement.

Finer and Lazzarini discussed the “critical importance of protecting civilians, including UN staff and other aid workers, and continuing to mitigate any potential aid diversion to Hamas,” according to the readout.

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