7 employees of the American NGO World Central Kitchen killed in Gaza bombing

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At least seven employees of World Central Kitchen, an American non-governmental organization that distributes food in the Gaza Strip, were killed in an airstrike by the Israeli army.

The founder and leader of the organization, American-Spanish chef Jose Andres, confirmed the loss and emphasized that it was a tragedy.

The NGO stated that the employees were killed while engaged in their efforts to distribute food in Gaza, and they expressed their belief that workers in humanitarian organizations and civilians should never be targeted in conflicts.

The U.S. government, the main ally of Israel, has condemned the bombing and called it unacceptable. The U.S. National Security Council spokesperson, Adrian Watson, expressed their devastation and called for the protection of workers in humanitarian organizations.

World Central Kitchen reported that seven members of their team, including individuals from Australia, Poland, the United Kingdom, a dual U.S./Canadian citizen, and a Palestinian, lost their lives in the incident. The NGO's convoy, consisting of two armored vehicles and one unarmed vehicle clearly displaying their logo, was leaving a warehouse where over 100 tons of food had been unloaded when it was hit.

This attack has prompted the suspension of World Central Kitchen's operations. Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza, reported five victims, including four foreigners and a Palestinian driver and interpreter.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed the death of an Australian citizen and demanded full accountability. A French news agency correspondent witnessed the arrival of five bodies and three foreign passports at the hospital in Deir al-Balah.

The Israeli army expressed their commitment to investigating the incident and stated their collaboration with World Central Kitchen in distributing humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza.

The ongoing war in Gaza has resulted in the deaths of over 70 people within 24 hours, with Israeli airstrikes causing dozens of casualties. Medical teams in Gaza have been working to recover bodies and rescue survivors from the ruins of Shifa hospital, which was heavily damaged during the Israeli incursion.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention to ban the broadcast of content from Al Jazeera, the Qatari television network, following a vote in the Israeli parliament. Al Jazeera accused Israel of targeting its journalists and urged the government to allow them to continue their coverage.

Protests against Prime Minister Netanyahu and in support of hostages held in Gaza have taken place, and discussions between Israeli and American officials regarding a planned ground attack in Rafah are ongoing.

The war, triggered by an attack by Hamas on southern areas of Israeli territory, has now entered its 179th day. The conflict has claimed over 1,160 lives, mainly civilians, according to official Israeli data.

Escalation concerns continue to rise as evidenced by the recent bombing attributed to Israel at an annex of the Iranian embassy in Damascus, resulting in the death of 11 individuals, including seven members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force. Iran and Hezbollah have condemned the attack and vowed a decisive response.

PHOTO: EPA/MOHAMMED SABER

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