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Several aid workers killed in Israeli attack in Gaza: NGO leader

Several aid workers killed in Israeli attack in Gaza: NGO leader

Since October, more than 32,000 people have been killed in Israeli retaliation against Hamas in Gaza.

Washington:

Several employees of the U.S.-based charity World Central Kitchen were killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip on Monday, according to the organization’s founder.

World Central Kitchen “lost several of our sisters and brothers in an IDF airstrike in Gaza. I am heartbroken and grieving for their families and friends and our entire WCK family,” chef Jose Andres posted on social media site X.

Earlier, the health ministry in Hamas-controlled territory said the bodies of four foreign aid workers and their Palestinian driver were taken to the hospital in Deir el-Balah in central Gaza after an Israeli strike targeted their vehicle.

Hamas said in a statement that the aid workers included “British, Australian and Polish nationalities, with the fourth nationality unknown,” and that the fifth person killed was a Palestinian driver and translator.

The Israeli military said in a statement that it was “conducting a thorough review at the highest level to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident,” adding that it had “worked closely with WCK” to provide assistance to the Palestinians.

At Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah, an AFP correspondent saw five bodies with three foreign passports lying nearby.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was “urgently trying to confirm reports that an Australian aid worker has died in Gaza.” These reports are very disturbing.”

World Central Kitchen was involved in the delivery of relief supplies arriving by boat from Cyprus and in the construction of a temporary pier in Gaza.

Since the Hamas attack on October 7, Gaza has been under a near-total blockade. The United Nations accuses Israel of preventing deliveries of humanitarian aid that 2.4 million Palestinians urgently need.

U.N. agencies have repeatedly warned that northern Gaza is on the brink of famine, calling the situation a man-made crisis as aid trucks pile up on the Egypt-Gaza border, awaiting lengthy inspections by Israeli officials. Israel has denied responsibility.

Two charities have organized aid deliveries by sea from Cyprus. The second flotilla set sail on Saturday with around 400 tons of aid, a fraction of Gaza’s needs.

Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack in Israel left about 1,160 people dead, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally of official Israeli figures.

According to Gaza’s health ministry, Israel’s retaliatory campaign has killed at least 32,845 people, mostly women and children.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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