Biden expresses sympathy for the loss of World Central Kitchen employees

Tragic Airstrike Halts Operations of World Central Kitchen in Gaza, White House Condemns Israel’s Role

World Central Kitchen, a charity founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, has stopped operations in Gaza after the deaths of seven aid workers in an airstrike. The President of the United States, Joe Biden, personally called Andrés to offer his condolences over the tragic incident. Biden expressed his deep sadness at the loss of the aid workers and assured Andrés that he stands with the World Central Kitchen family during this difficult time.

The President emphasized the importance of protecting humanitarian aid workers and will make it clear to Israel that they must be safeguarded. The seven aid workers were killed when their convoy was struck as they were leaving a warehouse in Deir al-Balah after unloading over 100 tons of food aid in Gaza. The World Central Kitchen had coordinated their movements with the Israeli military and the workers were traveling in marked armored cars.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the airstrike was unintentional and described it as “tragic.” The Israeli military has committed to conducting an independent investigation into the incident. The United States expressed outrage over the airstrikes and expects a swift and comprehensive investigation by the Israeli military. The findings of the investigation must be made public, and appropriate accountability must be ensured.

Michael Collins, who covers the White House, reported on this story. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter, @mcollinsNEWS for updates on this developing situation.

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