Foreign aid workers killed in airstrike, reports from Gaza


The Palestinian authorities informed about the nationality of the victims based on the passports found with the bodies. The Israeli military is investigating the incident, according to a statement cited by Al Jazeera.

According to Mahmoud Thabet, a rescue worker from the Palestinian Red Crescent who was on the team that brought the bodies to the hospital, the workers’ car was hit by an Israeli strike just after crossing from the northern Gaza Strip. This was reportedly after the group helped deliver aid that had arrived hours earlier on a ship from Cyprus, the Times of Israel website noted. He pointed out, however, that it was not immediately possible to verify who fired.

The foreign workers belonged to the charity company World Central Kitchen (WCK), which, together with the Spanish NGO Open Arms, organizes the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip via the maritime corridor from Cyprus. The organization delivered around 330 tons of aid in three ships to the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

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Australia confirmed the death of the worker

The workers were delivering the aid in question and were wearing protective gear with the charity’s logo when the airstrike hit them, according to the AP.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed that one of the dead is Australian aid worker Lalzawmi Frankcom. According to ABC News, she worked for WCK for five years, based in Bangkok, where she was in charge of managing the company’s activities on the Asian continent. According to Albanese, the government has contacted the Israeli ambassador and expects “full responsibility”, the prime minister is quoted by Reuters.

Photo: Abdel Kareem Hana, CTK/AP

Transporting one of the bodies in Deir Balah in the Gaza Strip

Israel is investigating the incident

“The Israeli military (IDF) is conducting a thorough investigation…to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident,” the statement said. “The IDF is making significant efforts to enable the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, working closely with the WCK,” according to the Israeli military

“Humanitarian workers and civilians should never become targets,” said v WCK and called the incident a “tragedy”. He intends to release a broader statement when more information is available about the strike, writes the British station Sky News.

Around 200 aid workers have been killed since the start of the current war in the Gaza Strip, according to research firm Aid Worker Security Databse.

The conflict was sparked early last October by terrorist attacks by the Palestinian terrorist movement Hamas and affiliates in southern Israel, prompting Tel Aviv to launch a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip to eliminate Hamas.

As of Monday, the fighting has claimed 32,845 Palestinian lives, most of them civilians, according to regular reports from the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority. According to Israel, over 13,000 Hamas fighters and 600 Israeli soldiers were killed.

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