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Israeli Killing Of Humanitarian Aid Workers 'A Tragedy': World Central Kitchen

02.04.2024 02:42

'Humanitarian aid workers and civilians should NEVER be a target. EVER,' says US based aid organization.

The killing of humanitarian aid workers by Israel is "a tragedy," the US-based aid organization World Central Kitchen (WCK) said Monday.

"We are aware of reports that members of the World Central Kitchen team have been killed in an IDF attack while working to support our humanitarian food delivery efforts in Gaza. This is a tragedy.

"Humanitarian aid workers and civilians should NEVER be a target. EVER," it said on X.

The remarks came after five people working for the aid organization, including four foreigners, were killed in an Israeli airstrike on their vehicle in Deir al-Balah city in the central Gaza Strip, the Government Media Office in Gaza said Monday

"Israel struck a foreign team that consists of British, Polish and Australian nationals and another nationality still not identified, in addition to a Palestinian from Gaza," said Ismail Thawabteh, the director of the office, at a press conference.

Photos emerging on Palestinian social media accounts showed the passports of the foreigners who were killed in the airstrike, including from Australia, Poland and the UK, as well as bodies with WCK T-shirts.

The Israeli army is yet to comment on the incident.

Israel has waged a deadly military offensive on the Gaza Strip since an Oct. 7 cross-border attack by Hamas which killed some 1,200 people.

Over 32,800 Palestinians have since been killed and 75,300 others injured amid mass destruction and shortages of necessities. Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip, leaving its population, particularly residents of northern Gaza, on the verge of starvation.

The Israeli war has pushed 85% of Gaza's population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water, and medicine, while 60% of the enclave's infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which on Thursday asked Israel to do more to prevent famine in Gaza. -

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