Bodies of foreign aid workers killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza arrive in Egypt

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Apr 2024

Ambulances carrying the bodies of the foreign humanitarian aid workers killed in a recent Israeli airstrike in Gaza arrived in Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, Al-Qahera News reported on Wednesday.

One of the bodies of staff members of the US-based aid group World Central Kitchen, is transported out of a hospital morgue in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. AFP


The bodies of three British citizens, a Polish citizen, an Australian and a Canadian American dual citizen were driven into Egypt through the Rafah crossing.

Their Palestinian driver, Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha, was also killed, and his remains were handed over to his family for burial in Gaza.

The 25-year-old Palestinian was buried in a ceremony attended by hundreds in his hometown of Rafah on Tuesday, according to BBC News.

An Israeli bombardment on Monday killed seven aid workers of different nationalities from the Washington-based food charity World Central Kitchen (WCK).

The attack has brought global condemnation, including from the UN, which described the incident as “unconscionable.”

"It is an outcome of the Israeli way of conducting the war in Gaza," it said.

However, Israel asserted that it is thoroughly investigating the killing.

Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his forces killed “innocent lives,” he called the incident “unintentional.”

Founder of WCK José Andrés called on Israel to open land crossings for aid and stop killing aid workers.

“The Israeli government needs to open land routes to food and medicine today. It needs to stop killing civilians and aid workers today,” Andrés said in an op-ed published by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot.

“You cannot save the hostages by bombing every building in Gaza. You cannot win this war by starving an entire population,” he added.

The WCK announced suspending operations in Gaza immediately after the attack.

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