Spain's PM demands Israel explain 'brutal' Gaza strike on aid workers

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Spain's PM demands Israel explain 'brutal' Gaza strike on aid workers
United Nations staff members inspect the wreckage of a car used by US-based aid group World Central Kitchen, that was hit by an Israeli strike the previous day in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on April 2, 2024, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (Photo by AFP)

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez demanded Tuesday that Israel "clarify as soon as possible" a strike which killed seven aid workers unloading desperately needed food in Gaza as part of charity work organised by Spanish celebrity chef José Andrés.


"They died while doing what this NGO has been doing for years, which is feeding people in the middle of so much devastation," Sánchez said on a visit to the Jabal el-Hussein Palestinian refugee camp in neighbouring Jordan.

"I expect and demand that the Israeli government clarify as soon as possible the circumstances of this brutal attack that has taken the lives of seven aid workers who were doing nothing but helping," he added.

Food aid organisation World Central Kitchen said it was pausing its operations in Gaza after the "targeted Israeli strike" on Monday killed Australian, British, Palestinian, Polish and US-Canadian staff.


Founded by Spanish-American celebrity chef José Andrés, the charity feeds communities affected by conflict. It was set up by Andres and his wife Patricia in 2020 following a devastating earthquake in Haiti.

The Israeli army said Tuesday it would hold an investigation into the air strike and pledged to "share our findings transparently".

"We will be opening a probe to examine this serious incident further," armed forces spokesman Daniel Hagari said in a video statement.

"This will help us reduce the risk of such an event from occurring again," Rear Admiral Hagari added.

Sánchez arrived in Amman late on Monday on the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also take him to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


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