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Charity founder 'heartbroken' over workers' deaths

By Madeline Halpert

World Central Kitchen (WCK) founder José Andrés says he is “heartbroken” over the deaths of aid workers in a strike by Israel – which he has urged to stop its “indiscriminate killing”.

Seven of the US-based food charity’s workers were killed on Monday when leaving a warehouse in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged that Israel’s forces hit “innocent people”.

In his statement, Mr Andrés said he was grieving for the victims’ families.

“These are people…angels,” he wrote in a post on X, formerly Twitter. “They are not faceless…they are not nameless.”

“The Israeli government needs to stop this indiscriminate killing,” he added. “It needs to stop restricting humanitarian aid, stop killing civilians and aid workers, and stop using food as a weapon.”

In a separate statement, WCK’s chief executive officer Erin Gore said the killing of the aid workers was “unforgivable”.

“This is not only an attack against WCK, this is an attack on humanitarian organizations showing up in the most dire of situations where food is being used as a weapon of war,” she said.

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