| 24 July 2024, Wednesday |

UNICEF chief injured in car accident on way to Gaza, postpones Israel visit

A car accident in Egypt on Tuesday left UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell injured while she was en route to the Gaza Strip. As a result, her planned visit to Israel had to be postponed due to the injuries, as confirmed by a UNICEF spokesperson on Wednesday.
“While en route to Rafah, we believe the car hit or tried to avert a big pothole that made the car go over a deep ditch and flip on the side,” said UNICEF head of media Kurtis Cooper, adding that Russell “experienced significant bruising, and is in quite a bit of discomfort, but her injuries are not considered serious.”
He said Russell continued her visit to Gaza and then doctors determined she required further care, so she postponed the rest of her visit to the region, which included Israel, where she had hoped to meet with families of abducted children.

  • alarabiya