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Israel blames aid worker attack on “misidentification” while José Andrés claims it was deliberate.

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Apr 3, 2024

The Israeli army’s preliminary report on the triple aerial bombardment that killed seven members of World Central Kitchen (WCK), the NGO of Spanish chef José Andrés, does not provide many answers. The attack has been attributed to “misidentification,” with no further details given. Israeli Chief of Staff, Herzi Halevi, acknowledged that the attack was a failure due to mistaken identification, acknowledging that it should not have happened. There are ongoing international condemnations of the deadly bombing.

Reports stated that three missiles targeted the vehicles in which the WCK workers were traveling to distribute food in Gaza, despite the NGO’s vehicles being clearly marked with its logo. The Israeli army had been informed of the route and timing of the distribution. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the incident as tragic and unintentional, stating that it occurs in times of war.

José Andrés responded to this statement in an article, urging Israel to open land routes for food and medicine and stop killing civilians and humanitarian workers. The bodies of the seven victims, including three Britons, an Australian, a Pole, and a dual Canadian-American national, have been removed from Gaza. Joe Biden, the U.S. President, demanded a prompt investigation into the attack and expressed frustration with Israel’s methods in the conflict.

The White House has called for a thorough and transparent investigation by Israel into the incident. Despite the strong rhetoric, the U.S. continues to support Israel in its fight against Hamas. Poland, which lost one of its nationals in the attack, has expressed anger over the incident and Israel’s reaction. The Israeli ambassador to Warsaw has faced criticism for his response, which has been interpreted as dismissing anti-Semitism in Poland.

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