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Biden 'outraged' over Israel strike on World Central Kitchen staff in Gaza Biden 'outraged' over Israel strike on World Central Kitchen staff in Gaza
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Watch: Video shows World Central Kitchen vehicles destroyed in Gaza air strikeWatch: Video shows World Central Kitchen vehicles destroyed in Gaza air strike
Watch: Video shows World Central Kitchen vehicles destroyed in Gaza air strikeWatch: Video shows World Central Kitchen vehicles destroyed in Gaza air strike
US President Joe Biden has condemned Israel's killing of seven humanitarian aid workers in Gaza.US President Joe Biden has condemned Israel's killing of seven humanitarian aid workers in Gaza.
Saying he was "outraged and heartbroken", he accused Israel of not doing enough to protect aid workers.Saying he was "outraged and heartbroken", he accused Israel of not doing enough to protect aid workers.
Israel promised an independent investigation after the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Poland lost nationals in Monday's attack.Israel promised an independent investigation after the UK, US, Canada, Australia and Poland lost nationals in Monday's attack.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog has apologised for the deaths.Israeli President Isaac Herzog has apologised for the deaths.
The seven victims, who were working for World Central Kitchen (WCK), were killed when their convoy was attacked from the air on Monday.The seven victims, who were working for World Central Kitchen (WCK), were killed when their convoy was attacked from the air on Monday.
Mr Biden called for Israel's investigation to be conducted swiftly, and said it "must bring accountability" and its findings be made public.Mr Biden called for Israel's investigation to be conducted swiftly, and said it "must bring accountability" and its findings be made public.
Distributing aid in Gaza had been "so difficult", he said, because Israel had "not done enough to protect aid workers trying to deliver desperately needed help to civilians".Distributing aid in Gaza had been "so difficult", he said, because Israel had "not done enough to protect aid workers trying to deliver desperately needed help to civilians".
In some of his strongest language since the war began, Mr Biden also accused Israel of not doing enough to protect Palestinian civilians.In some of his strongest language since the war began, Mr Biden also accused Israel of not doing enough to protect Palestinian civilians.
"The United States has repeatedly urged Israel to deconflict their military operations against Hamas with humanitarian operations, in order to avoid civilian casualties," the US leader said."The United States has repeatedly urged Israel to deconflict their military operations against Hamas with humanitarian operations, in order to avoid civilian casualties," the US leader said.
In a video message, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of general staff Herzi Halevi called the incident a "grave mistake" and said "it shouldn't have happened," blaming the strike on misidentification.
Humanitarian aid to Gaza is in doubt after WCK - a key provider of aid to the Strip - suspended operations.Humanitarian aid to Gaza is in doubt after WCK - a key provider of aid to the Strip - suspended operations.
Three of the killed aid workers were British nationals. A Polish national, an Australian, a Palestinian and a dual US-Canadian citizen were also killed. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has promised an independent investigation into the incident. Three of the killed aid workers were British nationals. A Polish national, an Australian, a Palestinian and a dual US-Canadian citizen were also killed. The IDF has promised an independent investigation into the incident.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. On the call, he described the situation in Gaza as "increasingly intolerable" and "demanded a thorough and transparent independent investigation" into the killing of the aid workers.UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. On the call, he described the situation in Gaza as "increasingly intolerable" and "demanded a thorough and transparent independent investigation" into the killing of the aid workers.
Mr Sunak added that Israel needed to end restrictions on humanitarian aid and protect civilians, according to a Downing Street statement.Mr Sunak added that Israel needed to end restrictions on humanitarian aid and protect civilians, according to a Downing Street statement.
In other reaction:In other reaction:
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he had "expressed Australia's anger and concern" in a long phone call with Mr Netanyahu, and that he expected a "full and proper explanation for how this has occurred"Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he had "expressed Australia's anger and concern" in a long phone call with Mr Netanyahu, and that he expected a "full and proper explanation for how this has occurred"
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said he had demanded an independent investigation from Israel Katz, his Israeli counterpartPolish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said he had demanded an independent investigation from Israel Katz, his Israeli counterpart
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said "full accountability" was needed, adding that it was "absolutely unacceptable for aid workers to be killed" by the IDFCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said "full accountability" was needed, adding that it was "absolutely unacceptable for aid workers to be killed" by the IDF
Acknowledging that Israel's forces had hit "innocent people", Mr Netanyahu said: "Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours there was a tragic case of our forces unintentionally hitting innocent people in the Gaza Strip.Acknowledging that Israel's forces had hit "innocent people", Mr Netanyahu said: "Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours there was a tragic case of our forces unintentionally hitting innocent people in the Gaza Strip.
"It happens in war, we check it to the end, we are in contact with the governments, and we will do everything so that this thing does not happen again.""It happens in war, we check it to the end, we are in contact with the governments, and we will do everything so that this thing does not happen again."
BBC VERIFY: What do we know so far?BBC VERIFY: What do we know so far?
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN: Facing danger to feed millionsWORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN: Facing danger to feed millions
Charity founder 'heartbroken' over workers' deathsCharity founder 'heartbroken' over workers' deaths
ANALYSIS: Deadly strike shows aid workers' protection in crisis, agencies sayANALYSIS: Deadly strike shows aid workers' protection in crisis, agencies say
PROFILES: Who were the seven aid workers killed in Gaza?PROFILES: Who were the seven aid workers killed in Gaza?
WCK - founded by celebrity chef José Andrés - is one of the main suppliers of aid to Gaza. Four days ago, it said that it had served 42 million meals in the territory - dispatching more than 1,700 food trucks and also sending close to 435,000 meals by sea.WCK - founded by celebrity chef José Andrés - is one of the main suppliers of aid to Gaza. Four days ago, it said that it had served 42 million meals in the territory - dispatching more than 1,700 food trucks and also sending close to 435,000 meals by sea.
The charity has said it will pause its operations in the region immediately. "We will be making decisions about the future of our work soon," it said in a statement.The charity has said it will pause its operations in the region immediately. "We will be making decisions about the future of our work soon," it said in a statement.
According to Cogat, the Israeli defence ministry body in charge of civilian policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, WCK is responsible for 60% of the non-governmental aid getting into the territory.According to Cogat, the Israeli defence ministry body in charge of civilian policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, WCK is responsible for 60% of the non-governmental aid getting into the territory.
A second charity, the American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera), which was working closely with WCK, told the BBC it was also freezing its operations in Gaza.A second charity, the American Near East Refugee Aid (Anera), which was working closely with WCK, told the BBC it was also freezing its operations in Gaza.
WCK released pictures of the victimsWCK released pictures of the victims
The aid workers who were killed have been named as:The aid workers who were killed have been named as:
Lalzawmi "Zomi" Frankcom, an Australian citizenLalzawmi "Zomi" Frankcom, an Australian citizen
Damian Sobol, a Polish citizenDamian Sobol, a Polish citizen
Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha, a PalestinianSaifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha, a Palestinian
Jacob Flickinger, a US-Canadian citizenJacob Flickinger, a US-Canadian citizen
John Chapman, a British citizenJohn Chapman, a British citizen
James Henderson, a British citizenJames Henderson, a British citizen
James Kirby, a British citizenJames Kirby, a British citizen
Mr Sobol, Mr Abu Taha and Mr Flickinger worked on WCK's relief team, which Ms Frankcom led, while Mr Chapman, Mr Henderson and Mr Kirby were part of its security team.Mr Sobol, Mr Abu Taha and Mr Flickinger worked on WCK's relief team, which Ms Frankcom led, while Mr Chapman, Mr Henderson and Mr Kirby were part of its security team.
All seven were "heroes", the chief executive of WCK said.All seven were "heroes", the chief executive of WCK said.
"We have countless memories of them giving their best selves to the world. We are reeling from our loss. The world's loss," Erin Gore said in a statement."We have countless memories of them giving their best selves to the world. We are reeling from our loss. The world's loss," Erin Gore said in a statement.
According to the charity, the aid convoy was hit while leaving the Deir al-Balah warehouse, "where the team had unloaded more than 100 tons of humanitarian food aid brought to Gaza on the maritime route".According to the charity, the aid convoy was hit while leaving the Deir al-Balah warehouse, "where the team had unloaded more than 100 tons of humanitarian food aid brought to Gaza on the maritime route".
The convoy was made up of three vehicles, including two that were armoured, which clearly displayed the charity's logo. All three were hit during the strike.The convoy was made up of three vehicles, including two that were armoured, which clearly displayed the charity's logo. All three were hit during the strike.
WCK said it had co-ordinated the convoy's movements with the IDF.WCK said it had co-ordinated the convoy's movements with the IDF.
More than 196 aid workers have been killed in Gaza since October, according to the US-funded Aid Worker Security Database, which records major incidents of violence against aid personnel. Not all have been killed in the line of duty.More than 196 aid workers have been killed in Gaza since October, according to the US-funded Aid Worker Security Database, which records major incidents of violence against aid personnel. Not all have been killed in the line of duty.
Much of the Gaza Strip has been devastated during the Israeli military operations that began after Hamas gunmen attacked southern Israel on 7 October, killing about 1,200 people and seizing 253 hostages.Much of the Gaza Strip has been devastated during the Israeli military operations that began after Hamas gunmen attacked southern Israel on 7 October, killing about 1,200 people and seizing 253 hostages.
About 130 of the hostages remain in captivity, at least 34 of whom are presumed dead.About 130 of the hostages remain in captivity, at least 34 of whom are presumed dead.
More than 32,916 people have been killed in Gaza since then, the Hamas-run health ministry says.More than 32,916 people have been killed in Gaza since then, the Hamas-run health ministry says.
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