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British aid worker among five to have died in Gaza | UK | News


A British aid worker was reported on Monday to have died in Gaza.

Palestinian media said five aid workers with World Central Kitchen have been killed in an Israeli strike on a vehicle south of central Gaza’s Deir al-Balah.

One of the dead is said to be from Britain and was one of four foreign nationals to be killed.

The others were from Poland, Australia and Ireland and a Palestinian was killed.

So far, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has yet to comment on the incident.

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The workers’ car was hit by an Israeli strike just after crossing from northern Gaza after helping 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.

The source of fire could not be independently confirmed and the Israeli military did not respond to requests for comment.

The aid ships that arrived Monday carried some 400 tons of food and supplies in a shipment organized by the United Arab Emirates and the World Central Kitchen, the charity founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres.

Last month a ship delivered 200 tons of aid in a pilot run. The Israeli military was involved in coordinating both deliveries.

The U.S. has touted the sea route as a new way to deliver desperately needed aid to northern Gaza, where several hundred Palestinians face imminent famine, largely cut off from the rest of the territory by Israeli forces.

Israel has barred UNRWA, the main U.N. agency in Gaza, from making deliveries to the north, and other aid groups say sending truck convoys north has been too dangerous because of the military’s failure to ensure safe passage.

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”.



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