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Israel-Hamas war: British volunteer among five aid workers killed in Gaza Strip, Hamas-run office says | World News


A British volunteer is among five aid workers who have died after an airstrike in the Gaza Strip, according to a Hamas-run government office.

Nationals from Poland and Australia were also killed, as well as one Palestinian, who was driving the car they were all travelling in.

They were employees for World Central Kitchen, a charity which provides food for displaced Palestinians.

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Footage showed the bodies of the individuals at al Aqsa Martyrs hospital in the central Gaza town of Deir al Balah. Several of them wore protective clothing marked with the charity’s logo.

The workers’ car was hit by an airstrike just after crossing from northern Gaza.

It is believed they were helping to deliver aid that had arrived hours earlier on a ship from Cyprus, Mahmoud Thabet, a paramedic from the Palestinian Red Crescent who was on the team that brought the bodies to the hospital, told The Associated Press.

Humanitarian aid, being airdropped over Gaza from a RAF A400M aircraft.
Pic: PA
Humanitarian aid being airdropped over Gaza. Pic: PA

Ismail al Thawabta, a spokesperson for the Gaza government’s media office, said Israel was responsible for their deaths.

He added: “It is time for this war to stop immediately. It is time for the killing against civilians, against children, and against women to stop.”

Mr al Thawabta went on to urge “all countries of the world, all international organisations, and all human rights organisations to condemn this crime immediately”.

Responding, the Israeli military said it is “conducting a thorough review at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident”.

“The IDF makes extensive efforts to enable the safe delivery of humanitarian aid,” it said in a statement, adding that it has been working closely with the World Central Kitchen “in their vital efforts to provide food and humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza”.

The aid ships that arrived on Monday carried some 400 tons of food and supplies in a shipment organised by the United Arab Emirates and the World Central Kitchen.

The charity was founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres in 2010, who first sent food to Haiti after an earthquake.

The organisation said last month it had served more than 42 million meals in Gaza over 175 days.

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