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World Central Kitchen joins calls for independent investigation into aid worker killings by Israeli military

On Thursday, World Central Kitchen (WCK) released a statement calling for an “independent, third-party investigation” into attacks that killed seven of its staff in Gaza by the Israel military. This comes as Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom have called for an investigation as outrage over the killing of foreign aid workers grows.

“This was a military attack that involved multiple strikes and targeted three WCK vehicles,” the statement said. “An independent investigation is the only way to determine the truth of what happened, ensure transparency and accountability for those responsible, and prevent future attacks on humanitarian aid workers,” the statement said.

WCK also urged governments of Australia, Canada, the United States of America, Poland, and the United Kingdom to join in demanding an independent, third-party investigation into these attacks, including whether they were carried out intentionally or otherwise violated international law.

“Yesterday, to ensure the integrity of the investigation, we asked the Israeli government to immediately preserve all documents, communications, video and/or audio recordings, and any other materials potentially relevant to the April 1 strikes,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the killing of Canadian aid worker Jacob Flickinger by Israeli forces in Gaza was “absolutely unacceptable”.

Trudeau said the Canadian – one of seven staff members of the World Central Kitchen aid group who were killed in an air strike – died “while delivering food to civilians in need”.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese slammed Israel’s explanation for the killing of aid workers as “not good enough”, as outrage over the attack continues to reverberate globally. Australian woman Zomi Frankcom was one of seven employees of World Central Kitchen (WCK) who were killed.

“We need to have accountability for how it has occurred, and what is not good enough is the statements that have been made, including that this is just a product of war,” Albanese said during a news conference in Sydney.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has also called for an urgent investigation into the deaths of three British aid workers working for the charity World Central Kitchen who were killed by an Israeli airstrike that hit an aid convoy in Gaza.

The UK prime minister said far too many aid workers and ordinary civilians had lost their lives in Gaza during a conversation with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday.

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