An Israeli airstrike has killed World Central Kitchen workers in Gaza, founder says

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Celebrity chef Jose Andres meets with senators at the U.S. Capitol about getting humanitarian aid to Gaza on March 14. Andres said Monday that his organization has lost “several” of its international volunteers in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

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Celebrity chef Jose Andres meets with senators at the U.S. Capitol about getting humanitarian aid to Gaza on March 14. Andres said Monday that his organization has lost “several” of its international volunteers in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

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José Andrés, the founder of the World Central Kitchen that feeds people in war and disaster zones, said Monday that his organization has lost “several” of its international volunteers in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said in a statement it is investigating the report “at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident.”

The renowned Spanish-born chef said in a statement on X: “Today, @WCK lost several of our brothers and sisters in an IDF air strike in Gaza. I am heartbroken and grieving for the families and friends and our whole WCK family.”

World Central Kitchen operates in crisis areas around the globe. It had begun delivering food and aid to Gaza as U.N. experts and aid groups warn that large swaths of the population are suffering from malnutrition and thousands of people, particularly in the north of Gaza, are at risk of imminent famine. Last week, the International Court of Justice issued an order that Israel – which denies the reports of food shortages – should ensure sufficient aid gets into Gaza.

A Palestinian paramedic who was on the team that brought the aid workers’ bodies to the hospital told The Associated Press that the WCK volunteers had been driving in a three-car convoy that had been delivering aid to northern Gaza and were headed back to the south when an Israeli missile struck. The medic, Mahmoud Thabet, said they headed back to Rafah, where more than a million displaced Gazans are sheltering close to Gaza’s southern border with Egypt.

Footage that The Associated Press said was from the Al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza showed at least four bodies, some wearing protective body armor and one wearing a T-shirt with the WCK logo on it. Hospital staff said the passports of the dead indicated one of them was British, another Australian and one Polish. The nationality of the fourth was not immediately clear. Other reports indicated a Palestinian driver from the Gaza Strip was also killed.

Andrés mourned the loss of his colleagues and denounced Israeli policy in the isolated coastal enclave, which it invaded last October after the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a massive attack on Israel that killed some 1,200 people, and took hundreds of hostages into Gaza, where more than 130 remain.

The Israeli offensive in Gaza has killed more than 32,000 people, the Gaza health ministry says.

“The Israeli government needs to stop this indiscriminate killing,” Andrés said on X. “It needs to stop restricting humanitarian aid, stop killing civilians and aid workers, and stop using food as a weapon. No more innocent lives lost. Peace starts with our shared humanity. It needs to start now.”

The WCK had sent three ships from Cyprus which moored offshore on Monday with 400 tons of food for the territory. It was the group’s second delivery by sea. The United States, which has been airdropping aid packages into Gaza, has said it will build a floating dock off the coast to facilitate aid deliveries, although that is not expected to be ready for several more weeks.



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