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Israeli strike kills World Central Kitchen aid workers

staticwire | April 1, 2024

In a tragic incident in Gaza, four international aid workers with the World Central Kitchen charity and their Palestinian driver were killed in an apparent Israeli airstrike. The aid workers had just helped deliver food and supplies to northern Gaza that had arrived on a ship from Cyprus earlier than expected.

Footage from the scene showed the bodies of the five individuals at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, with some of them wearing protective gear with the charity’s logo. The passports of three of the victims indicated they were British, Australian, and Polish, while the nationality of the fourth aid worker was not immediately confirmed.

Mahmoud Thabet, a paramedic from the Palestinian Red Crescent who was part of the team that transported the bodies to the hospital, reported that the workers’ car was struck by an Israeli missile just after crossing into northern Gaza. The source of the attack could not be independently verified, and the Israeli military did not respond to requests for comment on the incident.

The aid shipment that the workers had helped deliver was organized by the United Arab Emirates and World Central Kitchen, the charity established by renowned chef José Andrés. This recent delivery of 400 tons of food and supplies followed a pilot run last month, where 200 tons of aid were sent to northern Gaza through the sea route. The Israeli military had been involved in coordinating both deliveries.

The United States has viewed the sea route as a crucial means of providing much-needed aid to the residents of northern Gaza, where hundreds of Palestinians are facing the threat of famine due to limited access to essential supplies. Israel’s restrictions on UNRWA, the main U.N. agency in Gaza, have hindered traditional aid deliveries to the north, while other organizations have cited the dangers of sending truck convoys through the region due to the military’s failure to ensure safe passage.

This tragic incident has raised concerns about the safety and security of humanitarian workers in conflict zones and underscores the urgent need for all parties involved to prioritize the protection of aid personnel and the facilitation of essential aid deliveries to vulnerable populations. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the aid workers who lost their lives in this devastating attack.

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