Israel and Hamas at war, day 179 | Seven humanitarian workers killed in Gaza, army recognizes “serious error”

Israeli President Isaac Herzog apologized Tuesday evening after the death, in the besieged Gaza Strip threatened by famine, of seven employees of the humanitarian NGO World Central Kitchen in an “unintentional” Israeli strike.

Based in the United States, the NGO World Central Kitchen, one of the few still operating in the Palestinian territory devastated by nearly six months of war between Israel and Palestinian Hamas, announced “suspend its operations in the region” after the strike on Monday in Deir al-Balah (center).

The Israeli army admitted on Wednesday to having made “a serious mistake” by killing seven aid workers from the World Central Kitchen (WCK) organization during a strike in the Gaza Strip.

“This incident was a serious mistake,” Israeli Chief of Staff General Herzi Halevi said in a video message. “It was an error which followed a poor identification at night, during a war, in very complex conditions. This should not have happened,” he added.

Having remained silent until then, the Israeli head of state Isaac Herzog expressed Tuesday evening in a press release his “deep sadness and his sincere apologies” after the death of the seven humanitarian workers.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged an “unintentional” strike, describing the “incident” as “tragic”.

“It happens in a war, we (…) will do everything to ensure that it never happens again,” he added.

Several countries and organizations, including the UN which denounced a “contempt for international humanitarian law”, condemned this raid, on an unprecedented scale.

International outrage


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