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Foreign and Palestinian aid workers from the World Central Kitchen have been killed in an alleged Israeli attack in Gaza

An apparent Israeli airstrike killed four foreign aid workers, including a British national, and their Palestinian driver as the group coordinated humanitarian aid in central Gaza, health officials and aid workers in the besieged strip said.

The group was killed on Monday evening on Gaza’s coastal road in Deir Balah, central Gaza, health officials and a journalist at Al-Aqsa Hospital, where the bodies were taken, said. The independent. They sent videos showing the mutilated bodies of five people, some wearing protective gear with the logo of the charity World Central Kitchen, founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres.

The videos also showed the passports of some deceased persons. The hospital source said the foreign aid workers were from Britain, Australia and Poland respectively, while a fourth was believed to be from Ireland.

A Palestinian aid worker in Deir Balah who knew the group told the story The independent they were returning from coordinating the distribution of 400 tons of food aid that arrived earlier that day via a new sea route from Cyprus to a pier that WCK had recently built. The emergency worker did not want to be named for security reasons.

WCK told The Independent that the deaths were a “tragedy”.

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“We are aware of reports that members of the World Central Kitchen team were killed in an IDF attack while working in support of our humanitarian food delivery efforts in Gaza,” the group said in a statement. “This is a tragedy. Humanitarian workers and civilians should NEVER be targeted. We will share more information once we have gathered all the facts.”

The Israeli military did not confirm or deny the reports and said it had launched an investigation.

“Following the reports today regarding the staff of the World Central Kitchen in Gaza, the IDF is conducting a thorough investigation at the highest level to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident,” the report said.

“The IDF is making extensive efforts to enable the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance, and has worked closely with WCK in their critical efforts to provide food and humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.” This is not the first time Israel has been accused of bombing humanitarian aid convoys and distribution centers – the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency said a tank shell hit one of its aid convoys in February and a supply distribution center in March.

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The workers’ car was reportedly hit by an Israeli attack just after he crossed from northern Gaza after helping deliver aid from the Cypress shipment, Mahmoud Thabet, a Palestinian Red Crescent paramedic, said Maan who helped take the bodies to the hospital, told The Associated. Press.

Citizens in Deir al-Balah told the story The independent There was a wave of airstrikes in the area on Monday evening, hitting the coastal road, a key access point to northern Gaza and a mosque.

Last month, WCK facilitated a shipment of 200 tons of aid during a trial run. The Israeli army was involved in coordinating both deliveries.

The alleged attack came hours after Israeli forces ended a devastating two-week assault on Gaza’s largest hospital – Al Shifa – leaving the facility a torched, gutted shell and a slew of destruction in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Images showed Shifa’s main buildings reduced to a charred pile of rubble, with what appeared to be squashed bodies and body parts smashed into the ground, eaten by bulldozers.

Israel claimed it launched the attack on Shifa because senior Hamas operatives had regrouped there and were planning attacks. After the troops withdrew, hundreds of Palestinians returned to search for lost loved ones or survey the damage – with Palestinian journalists reporting that people had been killed by Israeli soldiers.

Among the dead were Ahmed Maqadma and his mother – both doctors in Shifa – and his cousin, said Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta, a Palestinian-British doctor who volunteered in Shifa and other hospitals during the early months of the war before returning to Britain.

The fate of the three had been unknown since they spoke to relatives by phone almost a week ago when they tried to leave Shifa and the line suddenly disconnected. On Monday, relatives found their bodies with gunshot wounds about a block away from the hospital, said Abu Sitta, who is in contact with the family.

This is a current news item and will be updated with new information.

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