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Israel-Hamas conflict: Who was Colonel Waibhav Anil Kale, Indian UN worker killed during Gaza attack

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Colonel Waibhav Anil Kale (Retd), an Indian national working with the United Nations (UN) as a security service coordinator, was killed in Gaza’s Rafah region when the vehicle he was travelling in came under attack. This incident marks the UN’s first international casualty since the Israel-Hamas conflict last year.

Incident Under Investigation

Both the UN and Israel have called for thorough investigations into the attack. Colonel Kale, who retired from the Indian Army in 2022, is survived by his wife Amruta and two teenage children, son Vedant and daughter Radhika.A Life of Service
Colonel Waibhav Anil Kale, 46, dedicated over two decades to the armed forces. Hailing from a family with a strong military background, his brother, Group Captain Vishal Kale, serves in the Indian Air Force, his cousin Colonel Amey Kale in the army, and his brother-in-law, Wing Commander Prasant Karde (Retd).

Academic and Professional Achievements
Colonel Kale completed his education at Somalwar High School in Nagpur. He pursued a BA in Humanities from Jawaharlal Nehru University and obtained a Diploma of Education in Senior Defense Management from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. Additionally, he completed a Certificate Program in International Humanitarian Law from the International Red Cross in 2009 and a Certificate Program in Behavioral Science from the Indian Institute of National Integration in 2012.

Military Service Record
Joining the Indian Army in 1998, Colonel Kale served in various capacities, including commanding the 11 JAK Rifles in Kashmir, instructing at the army’s Infantry School in Mhow, and engaging in counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations in the northeast and the Siachen glacier. He held positions such as Battalion Commander and Rifle Company Commander. Colonel Kale retired from the Army permanently in 2022.

UN Service
During his time in the Indian Army, Colonel Kale served as a Contingent Chief Security Officer with the United Nations from 2009 to 2010. Recently, he joined the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) as a Security Coordination Officer, just 5-6 weeks before his tragic death.

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