UN vehicle attacked in Gaza city of Rafah, leaving one staff member dead

The United Nations says one of its staff members was killed and another injured when a UN vehicle was attacked in the southern Gaza city of Rafah on Monday.

A UN spokesperson told reporters that the vehicle was travelling to a hospital in Rafah when it was struck.

The spokesperson said that the personnel killed was not a Palestinian but an international staff member. The individual's nationality was not disclosed.

The spokesperson added that it is the first such UN death since the conflict began in Gaza last October.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a full investigation.

The UN chief reiterated his appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and for the release of all hostages as the conflict in Gaza continues to take a heavy toll on both civilians and humanitarian workers.

Israeli media say that a preliminary investigation by the Israeli military has found that one person was killed and another was seriously wounded from the shooting of a UN vehicle near the Rafah Crossing.

The media say the military is still investigating the circumstances of the incident, and that "it is not clear if the shooting was carried out by soldiers."

The Islamic group Hamas has blamed Israel for the shooting, saying that Israel attacked two foreign citizens -- a man and a woman -- "who were travelling in a UN vehicle with a UN flag and identification marks." The group has stressed that "Israel and the US bear full responsibility."