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Foreign workers die in Israeli airstrike in central Gaza

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KILLED AID WORKERS. Five individuals, including four foreigners, who are working for US-based aid organization World Central Kitchen, were killed late Monday (April 1, 2024) after an Israeli airstrike on their vehicles in the city of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip. The Government Media Office in Gaza said the casualties include a Palestinian, a British, a Polish, an Australian, and another nationality that is still unidentified to date. (Anadolu)
ANKARA – Five people working for an aid organization, including four foreigners, were killed in an Israeli airstrike on their vehicle in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza Strip on Monday, the Government Media Office in Gaza said.
"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," Ismail Thawabteh, the director of the office, said at a press conference.
Eyewitnesses told Anadolu that the vehicle belonged to World Central Kitchen (WCK), a US-based aid organization founded by celebrity humanitarian-chef Jose Andres.
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 WCK said they are aware of reports that members of the World Central Kitchen team have been killed in an Israeli attack while working to support 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 Israeli military, meanwhile, said it was conducting a thorough review at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of the "tragic" incident.
Israel has waged a deadly military offensive on the Gaza Strip since an Oct. 7 cross-border attack by the Palestinian group 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 also 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 percent of Gaza's population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60 percent 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 last Thursday asked Israel to do more to prevent famine in Gaza. (Anadolu)

Last Modified: 2024-Apr-03 11.00.00 UTC+0800