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IDF Airstrike Killed World Central Kitchen Aid Workers, Sparking Outrage

An IDF airstrike on the World Central Kitchen convoy killed seven aid workers in Gaza on Monday. The targeted attack has taken the lives of humanitarian aid workers who were citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, Britain, Poland, and Gaza.

On April 1, as the WCK convoy was preparing to serve the Palestinians who were forced to suffer a man-made famine, an IDF airstrike hit the vehicle, completely destroying it along with the workers inside. This has sparked outrage among citizens of Poland, Australia, and the USA, as killing international aid workers is a flagrant violation of law and humanity.

In an official statement, WCK acknowledged the seven workers and further commented that its workers were traveling in a deconflicted zone inside armored vehicles bearing a WCK flag. The team had shared their location with the Israeli military. Still, the convoy was hit while the workers unloaded 100 tonnes of humanitarian food packages to a warehouse near Gaza’s Deir Al Balah.

WCK has served around 42 million meals in Gaza alone across 172 days. The founder of World Central Kitchen and celebrity chef Jose Andres said, “ The Israeli Government needs to stop this indiscriminate killing. It needs to stop restricting humanitarian aid and killing civilians and aid workers. And stop using food as a weapon. No more innocent lives should be lost. Peace starts with our shared humanity. It needs to start now.”

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese expressed his shock while talking to journalists, “ Australia expects full accountability for the deaths of aid workers, which is completely unacceptable. Aid workers are innocent civilians who need to be provided with protection.” 

He also reassured its citizens, saying he was in direct contact with the Israeli Government, demanding the whole truth behind the incident.

Unlike the “intentional” hit on an Iranian consulate earlier this week, the Israeli Government acknowledged the killing of innocent air workers, calling it “unintentional.” He further said, “We are at war, and it happens. We will investigate the matter from right to bottom. The incident was truly tragic.” 

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