Seven Lives Lost in NGO Airstrike: International Condemnation, Calls for Investigation

Israel blames aid worker attack on “misidentification” while José Andrés claims it was deliberate.

The recent aerial bombardment in Gaza, which claimed the lives of seven members of World Central Kitchen (WCK), an NGO founded by Spanish chef José Andrés, has sparked international condemnation. The Israeli army’s preliminary report on the attack does not provide many answers, citing “misidentification” without further details. However, Israeli Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi has acknowledged that the attack was a failure due to mistaken identification and should not have happened.

According to reports, three missiles targeted the vehicles carrying WCK workers despite their vehicles being clearly marked with the NGO’s logo. The Israeli army had been informed of the route and timing of the distribution. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the incident as tragic and unintentional, stating that it occurs in times of war.

José Andrés responded to this statement in an article, calling for Israel to open land routes for food and medicine and stop killing civilians and humanitarian workers. The bodies of the seven victims have been removed from Gaza, including three Britons, an Australian, a Pole, and a dual Canadian-American national. Joe Biden, U.S President, demanded a prompt investigation into the attack and expressed frustration with Israel’s methods in the conflict.

The White House called for a thorough and transparent investigation by Israel into the incident despite strong rhetoric from various nations condemning the deadly bombing. Despite this call for an investigation, Poland has expressed anger over its nationals’ death in Gaza while also criticizing Israel’s ambassador to Warsaw for his dismissive response to anti-Semitism concerns in Poland.

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