British volunteer said to be among five aid workers killed in Gaza

A British volunteer is among five aid workers killed in an apparent Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza, the Hamas-run Gaza government media office said.

Those killed in the incident in central Gaza’s Deir al-Balah included citizens of Poland, Australia and Britain, as well as one Palestinian, a spokesman for the media office said.

The Israeli military said it was conducting a thorough review at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of the “tragic” incident.

“The IDF makes extensive efforts to enable the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, and has been working closely with WCK in their vital efforts to provide food and humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza,” the military statement said.

The aid workers were with the World Central Kitchen charity, which provides food for displaced Palestinians.

In a statement posted on X, the charity said: “We are aware of reports that members of the World Central Kitchen team have been killed in an IDF attack while working to support our humanitarian food delivery efforts in Gaza. This is a tragedy.

“Humanitarian aid workers and civilians should never be a target. Ever.”

The workers’ car was hit by an Israeli strike just after crossing from northern Gaza after helping deliver aid that had arrived hours earlier on a ship from Cyprus, Mahmoud Thabet, a paramedic from the Palestinian Red Crescent who helped take the bodies to the hospital, told The Associated Press.

Aid ships that arrived Monday carried some 400 tonnes of food and supplies in a shipment organised by the United Arab Emirates and the World Central Kitchen.

The charity founded by celebrity chef Jose Andres in 2010. It said last month it had served more than 42 million meals in Gaza over 175 days.

The US has touted the sea route as a new way to deliver desperately needed aid to northern Gaza, where several hundred Palestinians face imminent famine, largely cut off from the rest of the territory by Israeli forces.

Israel has barred the UN agency Unrwa from making deliveries to the north, and other aid groups say sending truck convoys north has been too dangerous because of the military’s failure to ensure safe passage.

Separately, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to shutter the local office of Al Jazeera while the war in Gaza continues.

Israel’s parliament has approved a law giving the government power to ban broadcasts of TV channels considered to be a threat to national security.

Al Jazeera, which is funded by the Qatari government, called the measure an “escalation” and said it “comes as part of a series of systematic Israeli attacks to silence Al Jazeera.”

The law approved on Monday would allow Netanyahu and the security cabinet to shut the network’s offices in Israel for 45 days, which could be renewed, and would stay in force until the end of July or until the end of major military operations in Gaza.

Al Jazeera rejected accusations that it harmed Israel’s security as a “dangerous and ridiculous lie” that puts its journalists at risk.

With agencies

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