World Central Kitchen employee killed in Gaza

On Tuesday night, a World Central Kitchen convoy was shot at by Israel – apparently unintentionally. The organization that brings relief supplies to the coastal strip by sea is suspending its work in the region for the time being. The most important answers to the incident.

The logo of the aid organization World Central Kitchen (WCK) can still be seen on the roof of the white car. However, the lettering is no longer legible. There is a big hole where he stood – caused by an Israeli rocket attack from the air.

On Tuesday morning, the aid organization said seven of its staff were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. “The World Central Kitchen team drove through a non-combat zone in two armored cars with the WCK logo and one non-armored vehicle,” the statement said. According to the organization, the convoy was hit near Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. WCK coordinated the trip with the Israeli armed forces.

The WCK team was killed in the middle of the Gaza Strip

The Israeli army claimed responsibility for the attack on the aid organization’s convoy in the afternoon. In a video message, Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and promised a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident.

According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this is a tragic case in which Israeli forces accidentally hit innocent people in the Gaza Strip. “Something like this happens in war and we will investigate the case to the end,” said the Israeli Prime Minister in the afternoon. According to research by the Haaretz newspaper, an Israeli drone shot at the convoy three times because it was assumed that an armed terrorist was among the helpers. However, according to sources from military circles, he never left the camp where the WCK team had loaded the relief supplies.

In a statement, WCK boss Erin Gore chose clear words about the death of his employees. “This is not only an attack against WCK, but also an attack against humanitarian aid organizations who are on the ground in the most terrible situations when hunger is used as a weapon. This is inexcusable.” The organization, which brings humanitarian aid to Gaza by sea, temporarily suspended its activities across the region. Representatives of the organization were not available for an interview.

Was tut World Central Kitchen in Gaza?

Former Michelin chef José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen in 2010. The Spaniard launched the organization after the earthquake in Haiti. It distributes ready-cooked meals in war and crisis areas and has earned a reputation for providing food to those in need quickly and efficiently. WCK also works in Ukraine, among other places, and has deployed mobile soup kitchens in the earthquake zone in eastern Turkey.

Early on, WCK also delivered food in Israel and Gaza. Just one week after the Hamas massacre on October 7, José Andrés shared a video on his Facebook profile in which he expressed his pain over the deaths of civilians in Gaza. The charity’s founder pledged to donate $1 million worth of food deliveries.

Much more important, however, was the announcement that followed a few months later: World Central Kitchen organized the first aid deliveries by sea to Gaza. In March, the organization shipped around 200 tons of food to Gaza from Cyprus. A second shipment of around 400 tons of food is expected to arrive in Gaza shortly. It is unclear how these relief supplies can be distributed now that WCK has ceased its activities for the time being. According to the organization, its employees were killed while the team was unloading and distributing over 100 tons of food.

What is known about the dead?

The seven WCK employees killed come from Australia, Poland and Great Britain. According to the organization, an American-Canadian dual citizen and a Palestinian are also among the dead. Pictures show the dead wearing bulletproof vests near Deir al-Balah.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed the death of 44-year-old Lalzawmi Frankcom. His government called on Israel to hold those responsible for the incident accountable. In response, Poland’s foreign minister summoned the Israeli ambassador. The EU and the USA called on Israel to quickly clarify the incident. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel was in contact with the governments concerned. “We will do everything we can to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

By Editor

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