Aid Workers Killed in Israeli Air Strike on Gaza City

Aid Workers Killed in Israeli Air Strike on Gaza City

Deir al Balah, Gaza, The Gulf Observer: Tragedy struck in Deir al Balah city in central Gaza as five individuals, including four foreigners, were killed in an air strike conducted by Israel, local authorities reported.

The victims, who were employed by an aid organization, fell victim to the Israeli air strike targeting their vehicle. Ismail Thawabteh, Director of the Government Media Office, confirmed the casualties in a press conference, stating that the attack claimed the lives of British, Polish, and Australian nationals, along with another individual whose nationality remains unidentified, alongside a Palestinian from Gaza.

Eyewitnesses corroborated the incident, identifying the vehicle as belonging to World Central Kitchen (WCK), a US-based aid organization founded by renowned humanitarian-chef Jose Andres. Disturbing images circulating on Palestinian social media depicted the passports of the deceased foreigners, hailing from Australia, Poland, and the UK, alongside bodies adorned with WCK T-shirts.

According to Mahmoud Thabet, a paramedic from the Palestinian Red Crescent who attended the scene, the aid workers’ vehicle was targeted by an Israeli strike shortly after crossing from northern Gaza. The team had been engaged in delivering aid that arrived earlier via a ship from Cyprus.

The tragic incident highlights the perilous conditions faced by aid workers operating in Gaza, compounded by Israeli restrictions on aid deliveries to the northern regions. Israel’s blockade has rendered the northern territories inaccessible to humanitarian agencies, compelling aid convoys to navigate treacherous routes fraught with risks.

The loss of lives underscores the urgent need for international intervention to ensure the safety of humanitarian workers and facilitate unimpeded access to aid for the vulnerable populations in Gaza.