World Central Kitchen Resumes Aid Operations in Gaza After Deadly Israeli Airstrike

World Central Kitchen resumes Gaza aid after 7 aid workers killed in Israeli airstrike, vowing to continue feeding the region's dire hunger crisis.

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World Central Kitchen Resumes Aid Operations in Gaza After Deadly Israeli Airstrike

World Central Kitchen Resumes Aid Operations in Gaza After Deadly Israeli Airstrike

Israeli airstrikes killed seven World Central Kitchen (WCK) workers in Deir Al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, amid dire humanitarian conditions and famine. The strike came hours after Israeli troops ended a two-week raid on Shifa Hospital.

WCK, a U.S.-based nonprofit founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, suspended its aid work for four weeks following the incident but has now announced it will resume operations in Gaza on Monday.

The organization has distributed over 43 million meals in Gaza since October, accounting for 62% of all international NGO aid. WCK said it has 276 trucks with the equivalent of almost 8 million meals ready to enter Gaza through the Rafah Crossing and from Jordan. The charity is also opening a third "high production kitchen" named after Damian Soból, one of the aid workers killed in the airstrike.

Why this matters: The humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire, with over 1 million people facing famine. WCK's resumption of aid operations is critical in addressing the catastrophic levels of hunger in the region.

Israel apologized for the airstrikes, and the Israeli military said serious errors and breaches of procedure led to the dismissal of two senior officers and the reprimanding of senior commanders. WCK CEO Erin Gore stated, "The humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire. We are restarting our operation with the same energy, dignity, and focus on feeding as many people as possible."

A memorial service was held on April 25 at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the seven volunteers killed in the airstrike: Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha, Lalzawmi (Zomi) Frankcom, Damian Soból, Jacob Flickinger, John Chapman, James (Jim) Henderson, and James Kirby.

WCK continues to call for an independent investigation into the incident and is seeking answers and advocating for change to better protect aid workers serving in the worst humanitarian conditions in Gaza.

Key Takeaways

  • Israeli airstrikes killed 7 World Central Kitchen (WCK) workers in Gaza on April 2, 2023.
  • WCK suspended aid work for 4 weeks but will resume operations in Gaza on April 24, 2023.
  • WCK has distributed over 43 million meals in Gaza, accounting for 62% of NGO aid.
  • Israel apologized for the airstrikes, leading to dismissals and reprimands of senior officers.
  • WCK calls for an independent investigation and better protection for aid workers in Gaza.