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Seven NGO workers killed in Gaza during Israeli attack

Victims hailed from Australia, Poland, the United Kingdom and Canada


World Central Kitchen (WCK), a renowned food charity founded by Chef José Andrés, reported that seven of its workers were killed during an Israeli attack in Gaza. The victims hailed from Australia, Poland, the United Kingdom, and one held dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship. Tragically, at least one Palestinian was also among the casualties.

The incident occurred as the workers were delivering food aid that had arrived by sea on Monday. Israel has stated it is investigating the attack.

Both the United States and Australia confirmed the loss of their nationals employed by the NGO. "We are devastated and deeply upset about the attack," stated Adrienne Watson, spokeswoman for the U.S. National Security Council, emphasizing the necessity of protecting humanitarian workers.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese echoed similar sentiments, calling for accountability and emphasizing the tragedy of the incident. He stressed the importance of safeguarding civilians and humanitarian personnel under international law.

The employees killed in the attack, including four foreigners, were part of WCK's efforts to distribute food aid in Gaza. The organization strongly condemned the attack, emphasizing the inviolability of aid workers and civilians.

Chef José Andrés expressed his grief over the loss, praising the dedication of the workers and urging an end to indiscriminate killings. Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) stated they are reviewing the incident and collaborating with WCK to distribute aid in Gaza.

WCK has suspended its operations in the area following the tragedy, mourning the loss of its members and contemplating its future actions.

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