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Israel-Hamas war: Three British aid workers killed in Gaza airstrike, charity says

Three British aid workers have been killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza, the charity World Central Kitchen (WCK) said.

Nationals of Poland And Australia were also killed, as well as a dual citizen of WE And Canada – and one Palestinian who was driving the car they were all traveling in.

The volunteers were employed by WCK, a non-governmental organization that provides food to displaced Palestinians.

It is believed the workers were helping to deliver aid which had arrived hours earlier on a ship from Cyprus at that time.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged that Israeli forces were responsible for the airstrike, saying it was a “tragic incident of inadvertent strike by our forces against innocent people in the Gaza Strip.”

He added: “It happens in times of war, we control it to the end, we are in contact with the governments and we will do everything to ensure that it does not happen again.”

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His comments come after Lord Cameron said he had spoken to Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz to “highlight that the deaths of WCK aid workers in Gaza, including three British nationals, are completely unacceptable” .

“Israel must urgently explain how this happened and make major changes to ensure the safety of aid workers on the ground,” the British foreign secretary said in a message posted on social media platform X.

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In a previous article, Lord Cameron said it was “essential” that aid workers were protected and able to carry out their work and urged Israel to “immediately investigate and provide a full and transparent explanation of what is happening.” ‘happened “.

The Foreign Office also said it had summoned Israel’s ambassador to the UK following the deaths of the aid workers.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was “shocked and saddened” by the reports, while Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer also commented, calling the reports “horrible”.

“We condemn this strike. There must be a thorough investigation and those responsible must be held accountable,” he said in a message on X.

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Meanwhile, WCK Executive Director Erin Gore said the volunteer team was “traveling in a conflict-free zone in two armored cars bearing the WCK logo and a soft-skinned vehicle” when she was hit.

Despite coordinating the movements with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the convoy was hit as it left a warehouse in the town of Deir al Balah in central Gaza, the association said.

It added that it was immediately suspending its operations in the region.

“This is a tragedy. Aid workers and civilians should NEVER be a target. EVER,” the association said in a statement.

Ms Gore added: “This is not just an attack on WCK, it is an attack on humanitarian organizations responding to the most dire situations where food is used as a weapon of war. This is unforgivable .”

Geotagged images shed further light on the deaths of aid workers

Geotagged images and information from individuals with knowledge on the ground provide additional insight into the events surrounding the recent deaths of aid workers in central Gaza.

World Central Kitchen said its staff were traveling in three vehicles from the charity’s warehouse in Deir al Balah.

Geotagged photographs show a car set on fire on the side of the Al Rashid coastal road, southwest of the city. World Central Kitchen branded materials are visible on the rear of the vehicle.

Photographs and images of a second vehicle, with the association’s logo painted on its roof, place it approximately 810 meters southeast along the road. The roof appears to have been pierced by some sort of munition and the interior is visibly damaged.

A third car appears to have been destroyed in the same manner. Geotagged images posted on Instagram show a white vehicle set on fire in a field 1 mile southeast along the road. A World Central Kitchen branded high visibility vest is on the back seat.

Social media posts first mentioned the strikes around 10:52 p.m. local time. This is consistent with information provided to Sky News, which places the attacks between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Footage taken shortly afterwards showed the bodies being transported from the Al Rashid coastal road to Al Aqsa Hospital, northeast of Deir al Balah.

The Israeli military said it was conducting a “thorough review at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident.”

Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, Israel’s chief military spokesman, said he expressed the Israel Defense Forces’ “deepest condolences to the families and the entire World Central Kitchen family.”

He said the Israeli military would examine “this serious incident in more detail” to “help us reduce the risk of such an event happening again.”

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