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Israel Gaza: Food charity says aid workers killed in strike

Israel Gaza: Food charity says aid workers killed in strike

Aid workers including an Australian and two people said to be British and Polish have been killed in Gaza, in what their charity founder said was an Israeli attack, BBC reported.

World Central Kitchen (WCK) founder and chef José Andrés said his staff had been killed "in an IDF air strike".

Gaza's Hamas-run media office also blamed Israel. The alleged strike could not be verified independently.

Israel's military said it was conducting a "thorough review".

A journalist working for the BBC in Gaza has seen the bodies of three international aid workers and a Palestinian driver, recovered from the site of the alleged air strike. Foreign passports were also shown.

The group are said to have been involved in co-ordinating the arrival of another boat carrying food aid to central Gaza.

Adrienne Watson, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said on X: "We are heartbroken and deeply troubled by the strike that killed [WCK] aid workers in Gaza.

"Humanitarian aid workers must be protected as they deliver aid that is desperately needed, and we urge Israel to swiftly investigate what happened."

A medical source at al-Aqsa hospital in the central Gaza Strip told the BBC that the bodies of the four workers and their Palestinian driver had been brought to the hospital after a car they were travelling in on the coastal road was hit by an air strike at Deir al-Balah, according to BBC.

Further details of the alleged attack are still emerging.