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Israel aid strike lacks regard for international humanitarian law, says UN

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“INDISCRIMINATE KILLING”

The founder and leader of World Central Kitchen, Spanish-born US-based chef Andres, said he was “heartbroken and grieving for their families and friends and our whole WCK family”.

“The Israeli government needs to stop this indiscriminate killing,” he wrote on social media. “It needs to stop restricting humanitarian aid, stop killing civilians and aid workers, and stop using food as a weapon.”

The charity said it had coordinated its movements with the Israeli army and was travelling in vehicles branded with its logo.

It has paused its operations in Gaza.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who on Tuesday was visiting a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan, said “I expect and demand that the Israeli government clarify as soon as possible the circumstances of this brutal attack”.

The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who is also Spanish, said that “despite all the demands to protect civilians and humanitarian workers, we see new innocent casualties”.

“I condemn the attack and urge an investigation,” he wrote on X.

Warsaw said it had asked the Israeli ambassador for “urgent explanations” about the incident, which killed one Polish citizen, and offered “condolences to the family of our brave volunteer”. 

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said the country had also opened its own inquiry into the aid worker’s death and Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Szejna said that Israel should compensate the families of the aid workers killed.

“The authorities should think about who should be held criminally responsible for pressing a certain button and how to compensate the families of the victims – even if it’s impossible to do so with money,” Szejna told Radio Zet.

Criticism also came from Beijing, which said it was “shocked” by the strike.

Since Hamas’s Oct 7 attacks triggered the war, Gaza has been under a near-complete blockade, with the United Nations accusing Israel of preventing deliveries of humanitarian aid.

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