World Central Kitchen workers killed in Israeli strike during conflict in Gaza

Six Aid Workers Killed in Targeted Israeli Attack on Humanitarian Convoy to Gaza

An Israeli air raid has claimed the lives of six international aid workers and a Palestinian driver while they were delivering food to Gaza. World Central Kitchen (WCK), a US-based humanitarian organization, confirmed that their staff members were killed in what they described as a “targeted attack” by the Israeli military. The victims hailed from Palestine, Australia, Poland, the United Kingdom, and a US-Canada citizen.

The attack occurred while WCK staff were delivering food from their latest shipment to Gaza, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are facing severe food shortages due to Israel’s ongoing offensive. Disturbing footage showed the bodies of the deceased aid workers at a hospital in Deir el-Balah, with some wearing protective gear bearing the charity’s logo.

WCK has made the decision to suspend operations in the region due to this tragic event. This incident marks a significant setback to efforts to provide aid by sea, which have become necessary due to Israeli restrictions on access to Gaza. The situation could lead to widespread famine if not addressed immediately.

Despite coordination with the Israeli army and traveling in clearly marked vehicles, the convoy of aid workers was struck as they were leaving the Deir al-Balah warehouse after unloading more than 100 tons of food aid brought to Gaza by sea. The CEO of WCK, Erin Gore, condemned the attack as not only directed at their organization but also as an assault on all humanitarian efforts in conflict zones where food is being weaponized.

The bodies of the aid workers have been transferred to a hospital in Rafah, a city on the Egyptian border. The foreign victims will be evacuated from Gaza while the Palestinian driver’s body will be returned to his family in Rafah for burial. This senseless act of violence has highlighted the dangers faced by those providing vital aid in conflict zones and underscores the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis in the region.

As for WCK’s future operations in Gaza, it remains uncertain how long they will remain suspended or if they will resume their work altogether given security concerns and potential risks involved with providing aid during times of war.

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