Seven Food Aid Workers From Chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen Killed In Israeli Strike, Netanyahu Sorry

The Daily Beast reports:

A dual U.S.-Canadian citizen was among seven food aid workers killed in an Israeli military strike on a humanitarian convoy in Gaza, the World Central Kitchen said Tuesday.

Haaretz reported that the convoy of vehicles, which had coordinated its route through a demilitarized zone with the Israel Defense Forces, was hit three times in succession until the aid workers were all killed. After the first strike, survivors reportedly sought shelter in the other vehicles which were then targeted.

The attack late Monday, which the IDF says is being investigated, struck as the vehicles were leaving a warehouse in central Gaza, WCK said in a statement. The food charity founded by celebrity chef José Andrés said its other staff members killed in the strike were from Australia, the United Kingdom, and Poland.

The Washington Post reports:

“Unfortunately, there was a tragic incident in which our forces unintentionally hit innocent people in the Gaza Strip,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. “As it happens in war, we are investigating the matter fully, we are in contact with the governments, and we will do everything possible to prevent this from happening again.”

World Central Kitchen CEO Erin Gore described the strike on the convoy as a “targeted attack” by the Israel Defense Forces and “unforgivable.” The food aid nonprofit has been prominently involved in Gaza relief efforts and had coordinated its efforts with Israeli authorities.

The strike is believed to be the first to kill foreigners working for an international aid organization in Gaza since the start of the war on Oct. 7, though a record number of Palestinians employed by the United Nations have been killed in the conflict.