World Central Kitchen wants independent probe on Israeli strikes that killed aid workers

05 Apr 2024 02:21pm
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 on April 3, 2024, two days after a convoy of the NGO was hit in an Israeli strike. - (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)
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 on April 3, 2024, two days after a convoy of the NGO was hit in an Israeli strike. - (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)
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RAMALLAH - The World Central Kitchen (WCK) on Thursday called for an independent investigation into Israel's killing of its seven aid workers in an air strike that targeted their vehicle in Gaza, Palestine News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

"We have asked the governments of Australia, Canada, the United States (US), Poland, and the United Kingdom (UK) to join us in demanding an independent, third-party investigation into these attacks, including whether they were carried out intentionally or otherwise violated international law," WCK said in a statement published on the non-governmental organisation’s official website.

"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."

"This was a military attack that involved multiple strikes and targeted three WCK vehicles. All three vehicles were carrying civilians; they were marked as WCK vehicles; and their movements were in full compliance with Israeli authorities, who were aware of their itinerary, route, and humanitarian mission."

"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 concluded.

The workers killed in the Israeli attack were nationals of Australia, Poland, the UK, and Palestine, as well as a US-Canadian dual citizen. - BERNAMA

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