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An employee of the Belgian development agency Enabel in Gaza killed during a bombing

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The house where Abdallah’s family was located housed around 25 people, including residents and displaced people who had taken shelter there. Last night’s attack claimed the lives of at least seven people and injured many more.

Abdallah Nabhan was a very dedicated and appreciated colleague. He joined Enabel in April 2020 as Business Development Officer as part of a European project aimed at helping small businesses in the Gaza Strip to produce ecologically, in addition to a Belgian Cooperation project aimed at helping young people to find a job.

Like all other Enabel employees in Gaza, Abdallah was on the list of people authorized to leave Gaza, which was handed over to Israeli authorities several months ago. Sadly, Abdallah died before he and his family were allowed to safely leave Gaza. Currently, seven staff members remain in Gaza.

The Minister of Development Cooperation, Caroline Gennez, and Enabel condemn in the strongest terms this attack against innocent civilians and demand that colleagues still present in Gaza be immediately authorized to leave.

Minister Caroline Gennez: “What we feared for a long time has become a reality. This is horrible news. I would like to express my most sincere condolences to Adballah’s family and friends, his son Jamal, his dad, his brother and his niece, as well as all the Enabel staff. Our hearts are broken once again today. Abdallah was a father, a husband, a son, a human being. His story and that of his family is just one of tens of thousands of others. When will it finally be enough? After six months of war and destruction in Gaza, we already seem to be getting used to it, but the fact remains that the indiscriminate bombing of civilian infrastructure and innocent civilians goes against all international and humanitarian laws. and the law of war. The Israeli government bears an overwhelming responsibility here. »

Jean Van Wetter, general director of Enabel: “I am deeply touched by the death of our colleague Abdallah and his son Jamal, and I am outraged and shocked by the ongoing attacks. This is yet another blatant violation of international humanitarian law by Israel. As the director of a Belgian agency and a former aid worker, I cannot accept that this has continued with impunity for so long. It is tragic that innocent civilians are victims of this conflict. We must do everything in our power to end the violence. »

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