Biden ‘outraged’ by Israeli airstrike that killed aid workers in Gaza

Biden ‘outraged’ by Israeli airstrike that killed aid workers in Gaza
epaselect epa11255114 A destroyed car of the NGO World Central Kitchen (WCK) sits along Al Rashid road, between Deir Al Balah and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, 02 April 2024. NGO World Central Kitchen (WCK) confirmed in a statement on 02 April that seven of its members were killed in an Israeli strike, when a missile hit their convoy in Deir al Balah while they were on their way from Rafah to Gaza City to receive fresh aid delivered by the Open Arms vessel. The victims were confirmed to be from Australia, Poland, United Kingdom, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, and Palestine. The World Central Kitchen announced it has suspended its activities in the region. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he was "outraged and heartbroken" by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza that killed seven people working for World Central Kitchen (WCK) and he called on Israel to do more to protect aid workers.

By Nandita Bose

Israel’s investigation of the incident “must be swift, it must bring accountability, and its findings must be made public,” Biden said in a statement.

“Even more tragically, this is not a stand-alone incident,” he said. “This conflict has been one of the worst in recent memory in terms of how many aid workers have been killed.”

The strike on the WCK convoy killed citizens of Australia, Britain and Poland as well as Palestinians and a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier that the strike was tragic and unintended, and the Israeli military pledged an independent inquiry.

Biden said Israel has not done enough to protect aid workers or civilians in Gaza.

“The United States has repeatedly urged Israel to deconflict their military operations against Hamas with humanitarian operations, in order to avoid civilian casualties,” he said.

Biden said he will continue to press Israel to do more to get aid into Gaza. He said a U.S. team in Cairo is working to secure a ceasefire as part of a hostage deal.

Biden said he spoke with WCK founder Jose Andres to convey his condolences and express his support for the group’s “relentless and heroic efforts to get food to hungry people around the globe.”

(Reporting by Nandita Bose and Katharine Jackson in Washington; Writing by Ismail Shakil and Eric Beech; Editing by Rami Ayyub and Michael Perry)


Comments - Please in order to comment.

  • Louise Wilkins says:

    Israel really has outdone itself this time. I’m so sickened by all the killing.

  • Rama Chandra says:

    Joe Biden is sickening. He kept a rabid dog off the leash, got it all excited, sharpened its teeth and claws, rewarded it for aggression, and when it savages a child he claims he was outraged. The rest of us knew what he was doing. Is he now claiming he was too senile to predict this obvious thing? Which is it Biden? Senile, stupid or evil?

  • Enver Klein says:

    “Tragic and unintended”, really??? That looks like a precision drone strike. There’s enough footage to show how accurate and precise the Israeli drone strikes are.

  • Enver Klein says:

    The targeted massacre of foreign aid workers in Gaza is terrorism aimed at intimidating foreign aid organisations. According to the BBC’s own findings, the air strike on the three-vehicle WCK convoy struck the three different cars in three completely different locations 2.5km apart. This was not unintended.

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Become a Maverick Insider

This could have been a paywall

On another site this would have been a paywall. Maverick Insider keeps our content free for all.

Become an Insider
Elections24 Newsletter Banner

On May 29 2024, South Africans will make their mark in another way.

Get your exclusive, in-depth Election 2024 newsletter curated by Ferial Haffajee delivered straight to your inbox.