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The remains of humanitarians killed in Gaza have arrived in Egypt, Israel recognizes a “serious error”

The bodies of six foreign aid workers killed in an Israeli strike arrived in Egypt on Wednesday for repatriation in their respective countries, with Israel calling the strike a “serious error”.

The strike, which sparked a wave of international criticism, comes after nearly six months of a devastating war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, sparked by the movement's unprecedented attack Palestinian Islamist in Israel on October 7.

She killed seven members of World Central Kitchen (WCK, based in the United States) on Monday in Deir al-Balah (center) who had just unloaded “more than 100 tons of food brought to Gaza by sea”, according to the NGO .

The remains of the six Westerners (an Australian, a Pole, an American-Canadian and three British), who were killed with a Palestinian humanitarian, arrived Wednesday evening in Egypt, Egyptian security sources announced. They were handed over to representatives of their countries for repatriation.

It is “a serious error” which “should not have happened”, admitted Israeli Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, referring to “misidentification” in “very complex conditions”.

The day before, Israeli President Isaac Herzog presented his “apologies”, his Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referring to a “tragic” strike.

WCK announced that it would suspend its operations in the region.

– “Anger and concern” –< /p>

The remains of humanitarians killed in Gaza have arrived in Egypt, Israel recognizes a “serious error”

United Nations staff members inspect the car in which foreign aid workers were traveling, killed by an Israeli strike, on April 2, 2024 in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip © AFP – –

The NGO which said it was “devastated” by the death of its collaborators had, since October 7, provided meals in the Palestinian territory, where the majority of the approximately 2.4 million inhabitants are threatened with famine according to the UN.

In mid-March she participated in sending the first aid boat to Gaza from Cyprus.

On Wednesday, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese expressed his “anger and concern” to his Israeli counterpart, Poland having announced to summon the Israeli ambassador to discuss Israel's “moral, political and financial responsibility”.

The day before, the United Kingdom had announced that it would summon the Israeli ambassador to express its “unequivocal condemnation” of the Israeli strike.

The remains of humanitarians killed in Gaza have arrived in Egypt, Israel recognizes a “serious error”

A man pushes a bicycle through the ruins around the al-Chifa hospital neighborhood in Gaza on April 3, 2024. © AFP – –

The UN, for its part, denounced a “disregard for international humanitarian law” and its workers, American President Joe Biden said he was “outraged”, believing that Israel does not “enough” protect people coming to the aid of the “starving” Palestinian population.

The Israeli strike against the seven members of World Central Kitchen “has the characteristics of a precision airstrike, indicating that the “Israeli army intended to hit these vehicles,” said Richard Weir of the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), quoted in a statement.

Since At the start of the war, 196 humanitarian workers were killed, including 175 from the UN, according to its secretary general, Antonio Guterres.

– “We suffer” –

The remains of humanitarians killed in Gaza have arrived in Egypt, Israel recognizes a “serious error”

A Palestinian woman sits next to a patient at a hospital in the central Gaza Strip on April 3, 2024. © AFP – –

On October 7, Hamas commandos infiltrated from Gaza carried out an attack in southern Israel which resulted in the deaths of at least 1,170 people, mainly civilians, according to a count by the AFP based on official data.

According to Israel, more than 250 people were kidnapped and 130 of them are still hostages, including 34 who died, in Gaza.

In retaliation, Israel promised to annihilate Hamas and launched an aerial bombardment campaign on the Gaza Strip, followed by a ground offensive that allowed its soldiers to advance from the north to the south of the small strip of land.

At least 32,975 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Israeli operations, according to Hamas, reporting on Wednesday 59 deaths in 24 hours.

< p>In addition to the human toll and destruction, the war has caused a humanitarian catastrophe in the besieged territory where humanitarian aid, strictly controlled by Israel, is arriving in trickles.

The remains of humanitarians killed in Gaza have arrived in Egypt, Israel recognizes a “serious error”

A Palestinian child sits in the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli strike in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, April 2, 2024 © AFP – MOHAMMED ABED

A maritime corridor, as well as aid airdrops, have been set up due to the difficulty of bringing in food by land, but many countries and humanitarian organizations consider that the land route is the best way to allow the delivery of the enormous aid that the population needs.

In Gaza, AFP images show cohorts of men walking through the rubble along of a road where a succession of gutted buildings and closed stores follow one another. “We suffer to bring back flour and feed our young children,” a man told AFPTV in Gaza City, where he has just received food aid.

– “Plausible risk of genocide” –

The remains of humanitarians killed in Gaza have arrived in Egypt, Israel recognizes a “serious error”

Smoke above Khan Younes during Israeli bombardments, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 3, 2024 © AFP – SAID KHATIB

In this context, the UN Human Rights Council will examine on Friday a draft resolution condemning “Israel's use of explosive weapons with a wide range of action” in areas populated Gaza and calling for an arms embargo on Israel. The text mentions “the plausible risk of genocide in Gaza”.

After a vast two-week operation in the al-Chifa hospital complex, in Gaza City , the Israeli army indicated on Tuesday that it was continuing its operations in the town of Khan Younes (south), particularly in the area of ​​the Al-Amal hospital, which had to cease its activities a week ago due to Israeli operations.

She accuses hospitals of housing Hamas bases, considered a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and the European Union.

On the front of negotiations around a truce project, Hamas leader Ismaïl Haniyeh on Wednesday accused Israel of procrastinating. On Tuesday, the Israeli prime minister's office said its team of negotiators had returned from a new round of negotiations in Cairo. An assertion denied by a Hamas leader.


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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116