‘It happens in war’: Netanyahu reacts after Israeli air strike in Gaza kills 7 aid workers

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New Delhi: “It happens in war, we will investigate it right to the end…,” remarked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday while admitting that an air strike in Gaza by Israeli armed forces claimed the lives of seven aid workers.

Netanyahu said: “Unfortunately, in the last day there was a tragic case of our forces unintentionally hitting innocent people in the Gaza Strip.” He added: “It happens in war, we will investigate it right to the end…We are in contact with the governments, and we will do everything so that this thing does not happen again.”

Those killed in the air strike were affiliated with the US-based World Central Kitchen (WCK). They were involved in providing food aid to Gaza. WCK, the food charity, founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, temporarily paused its operations in the war-torn region after the air strike.

They hailed from various countries, including Australia, Poland, the United Kingdom, the US, Canada, and Palestine.

Andrés was “heartbroken” by the deaths of his colleagues. “The Israeli government needs to stop this indiscriminate killing. It needs to stop restricting humanitarian aid, stop killing civilians and aid workers, and stop using food as a weapon,” he wrote on X.

Transparent probe to be carried out

Israeli military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari condoled the deaths and also assured WCK’s founder, Jose Andres, about a transparent probe that will be carried out by the military’s Fact Finding and Assessment Mechanism. Israel’s Chief of the General Staff, Herzi Halevi, will personally oversee the initial investigation.

“Humanitarian aid workers must be protected as they deliver aid that is desperately needed,” US National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson wrote on X.

World leaders react

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was “shocked and saddened”. He asked Israel to urgently probe and provide an explanation into the incident.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s demanded “clarification” from Israel as early as possible about the circumstances of the “brutal attack”.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called the killings “completely unacceptable” and demanded “full accountability” for the aid workers’ deaths.

Poland’s foreign minister sought “urgent explanation” from the Israeli ambassador in Warsaw about the air strike that killed a Polish volunteer.

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