Biden expresses sympathy for loss of World Central Kitchen employees

Celebrity Chef’s Nonprofit Suspends Operations in Gaza after Tragic Airstrike Kills 7 Aid Workers

A nonprofit organization called World Central Kitchen, founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, has temporarily suspended its operations in Gaza after seven of its aid workers were killed in an Israeli airstrike. President Joe Biden called chef José Andrés to express his condolences over the tragic deaths of the aid workers, emphasizing the immense contribution the organization has made to Gaza and communities around the world.

The workers were killed in an airstrike as their convoy was leaving a warehouse in Deir al-Balah after unloading over 100 tons of food aid brought to Gaza by sea. The group had coordinated its movements with the Israeli military and the convoy was clearly marked with the World Central Kitchen logo. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the airstrike as unintended and tragic, promising an independent inquiry into the incident.

The United States expressed outrage over the airstrikes, with White House spokesperson John Kirby calling for a swift and comprehensive investigation by the Israeli military. The U.S. hopes for transparency in the investigation and expects appropriate accountability for the tragic loss of life. The World Central Kitchen aid workers who lost their lives in Gaza will be remembered for their dedication to helping those in need.

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