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Seven World Central Kitchen Aid Workers Killed In Israeli Strike

Seven aid workers from the World Central Kitchen (WCK) have tragically lost their lives in an Israeli air strike in Gaza, as confirmed by the charity’s founder.

The victims hail from various nationalities, including British, Polish, Australian, Palestinian, and a dual US-Canadian citizen, according to WCK.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly acknowledged the incident, describing it as unintentional and expressing regret for the loss of “innocent people.”

“We deeply regret this tragic incident. We are in contact with the relevant governments and are committed to ensuring that such incidents do not occur again,” Netanyahu stated in a video message.

Here’s what we know about the aid workers who lost their lives:

Lalzawmi ‘Zomi’ Frankcom, 43 Ms. Frankcom, originally from Melbourne, Australia, was described by her family as someone who died “doing the work she loves.” She served as WCK’s Relief Lead in Gaza and was known for her kindness and selflessness in aiding others around the world.

Dora Weekley, a friend and former WCK colleague, remembered Ms. Frankcom as a dedicated individual who ensured that people in need received hot meals daily.

Damian Sobol, 35, the Polish Foreign Minister, confirmed Mr. Sobol’s death, describing him as a brave compatriot who was dedicated to helping those in need in Gaza. Sobol’s tragic demise during the Israeli attack has sparked calls for an urgent explanation from the Israeli government.

Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha, 25 Mourners gathered in Rafah, Gaza, to bid farewell to Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha, the Palestinian driver who lost his life in the strike. Abutaha was remembered as a compassionate individual who was devoted to providing humanitarian aid to the displaced.

British nationals John Chapman, 57, James (Jim) Henderson, 33, and James Kirby, 47 Three British nationals, identified as John Chapman, James Henderson, and James Kirby, were among those killed. They were part of WCK’s security team. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has expressed shock and sadness over their deaths, calling for a thorough investigation.

Jacob Flickinger, 33 Jacob Flickinger, a dual US-Canadian citizen, was also among the casualties. The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken hailed the aid workers as heroes and called for a comprehensive investigation into the incident.

The loss of these aid workers adds to the grim toll of humanitarian personnel casualties in Gaza. According to the US-funded Aid Worker Security Database, more than 196 aid workers have been killed in the region since October.

The ongoing conflict has resulted in significant loss of life, with the Hamas-run health ministry reporting over 32,916 fatalities, including many women and children, since hostilities escalated.

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