Israel defends itself: Death of World Central Kitchen employees in Gaza 'was not intentional,' says

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, admitted this Tuesday that the Israeli Army “unintentionally” killed the seven humanitarian workers of World Central Kitchen (WCK) who died in the early morning in the Gaza Strip.

“Unfortunately, on the last day there was a tragic case where our forces unintentionally hit innocent people in the Gaza Strip”said Netanyahu in a message of gratitude to the health team who operated on him for a hernia on Monday, after being discharged.

The prime minister reiterated that the event will be investigated exhaustively, and defended that these types of things “happen in war.” “We will do everything possible to ensure that it does not happen again.”he added.

Shortly before, the Israeli Army announced that an independent military entity, the Fact-Finding and Assessment Mechanism, will investigate the attack, which has led the NGO to suspend its operations in the region.

The spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Daniel Hagari, explained in a message that he has spoken personally with chef José Andrés, founder of the humanitarian group, to express his condolences for the deaths of the workers.

The attack caused the death of seven NGO workersamong them four of foreign nationality: a British, a Polish, an Australian and a citizen with dual American-Canadian nationality.

They are believed to be the first foreign aid workers killed in the Gaza war since October 7, which has already caused more than 32,800 fatalities, mostly women and children.

US asks Israel for 'rapid' investigation into WCK deaths

The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, asked Israel this Tuesday for “a rapid, complete and impartial investigation” into the attack that caused the death of seven humanitarian workers from World Central Kitchen (WCK) in Gaza this Monday.

The WCK workers “are heroes” and “they must be protected,” Blinken stressed at a press conference in Paris together with the French Foreign Minister, Stéphane Séjourné.

Blinken added that last week he spoke with the Spanish chef resident in the United States and founder of WCK, José Andrés, about “the extraordinary and brave work” that members of that NGO carry out in Gaza to bring food to a population at risk of famine.