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US urges Israel to hold 'swift, impartial' investigation into airstrike that killed humanitarian aid workers

April 2, 2024 at 4:07 pm

A view of damaged vehicle carrying Western employees after Israeli attack in Deir al-Balah, Gaza on April 02, 2024 [Ali Jadallah – Anadolu Agency]

The US has urged Israel to hold a swift and impartial investigation into its Monday airstrike which killed seven humanitarian aid workers in Gaza, the Secretary of State said, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The victims of yesterday’s strike join a record number of humanitarian workers who have been killed in this particular conflict,” Antony Blinken told a Tuesday joint press conference in Paris with his French counterpart, Stephane Sejourne.

“We’ve spoken directly to the Israeli government about this particular incident. We’ve urged a swift, thorough, and impartial investigation to understand exactly what happened,” Blinken said.

“And as we have throughout this conflict, we’ve impressed upon the Israelis the absolute imperative of doing more to protect innocent civilian lives, be they Palestinian children, women and men or be they aid workers as well as to get more humanitarian assistance to more people more effectively,” he added.

Earlier Tuesday, the US-based World Central Kitchen Charity said seven of its humanitarian aid workers were killed in Monday’s Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

In addition to killing some 33,000 people since 7 October, the Israeli offensive and siege of the Strip has been blamed for near-famine conditions among over 2 million Palestinians there, and of horrific attacks killing both aid workers and civilians seeking humanitarian aid.

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