Blinken urges ‘prompt, unbiased probe’ into deaths of aid workers in Gaza airstrike


The U.S. has urged a speedy and independent investigation into an Israeli strike that killed seven staff members of the U.S.-based charity World Central Kitchen in the Gaza Strip on April 1, and called on Israel to do more to protect civilian lives.

“The victims of yesterday’s strike join a record number of humanitarian workers killed in this conflict,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a press conference in Paris on Tuesday. “We urge a swift, thorough and impartial investigation to understand exactly what happened,” he said alongside his French counterpart, Stéphane Séjourné.

“We have impressed upon the Israelis the imperative to do more to protect innocent civilian lives, be they innocent Palestinian children … or aid workers,” he continued.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted on Tuesday that an “unintentional” Israeli airstrike had killed “innocent people” in Gaza after seven workers from World Central Kitchen were bombed.

The aid organization said the dead included Australian, Polish and British citizens.

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