Bodies of foreign aid workers killed in Israeli attack flown from Gaza By Reuters

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By Nidal Al-Mughrabi

CAIRO (Reuters) – The bodies of foreign aid workers killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza were brought to a crossing with Egypt on Wednesday, as international outrage grew over the attack that highlighted the dangers faced by humanitarian workers in the enclave. did.

The attack late Monday night hit a convoy of three vehicles and killed seven employees of aid group World Central Kitchen (WCK), including citizens of Australia, Britain and Poland, dual citizens of the United States and Canada, as well as a civilian Were. Palestinian colleague, who was buried at his home.

Their deaths prompted a wave of condemnation from some of Israel’s closest allies, including US President Joe Biden, who said he was “outraged” by what he said was “not an isolated incident”.

More than 2 million people in Gaza are now almost entirely dependent on aid shipments, nearly six months after Israel’s devastating siege and invasion of the territory following Hamas’ October 7 cross-border attack.

In Gaza, there were calls for tougher action to stop Israel’s ongoing military campaign, which local health officials say has killed more than 32,000 people.

Marwan al-Hams, director of Abu Yusuf, said, “This is a sign that the arms, money and equipment provided by the British and American governments in support of the Israeli occupation forces do not differentiate between Palestinians and other nationalities.” Al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah.

The bodies of the foreign aid workers were handed over to UN officials at the Egyptian border to be taken home.

After the attack, Israel acknowledged that its forces attacked the convoy, but said it was unintentional. It expressed “deep sadness” and promised a full, independent investigation.

The Hamas-led attack followed an Israeli bombardment and invasion of Gaza, killing about 1,200 Israelis and foreigners, while more than 250 were kidnapped in Gaza as hostages, according to Israeli data.

However the scale of the killing in Gaza and the growing humanitarian disaster have led to growing outrage outside Israel. The United Nations has demanded that Israel do more to get humanitarian supplies into Gaza to reduce hunger and stave off the threat of famine.

Before Monday’s incident, Israeli officials had said there were no restrictions on aid coming to the enclave and blamed aid organizations for not distributing supplies effectively.

WCK, founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, said its employees were traveling in two armored cars with the charity’s logo and another vehicle, and that they had coordinated their movements with the Israeli military.

In Gaza, fighting continued on Wednesday, centered around the southern city of Khan Yunis, where medical officials said three people were killed in an Israeli strike.

In the central Gaza city of Deir al-Balah, which has not been attacked by Israeli forces, four Palestinians were killed by tank shelling in a southeastern district, health officials said.

(Reporting and writing by Nidal al-Mughrabi. Additional reporting by Donna Chiacu)


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