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staticwire | April 2, 2024
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An Israeli airstrike on international aid workers in Gaza has left at least seven people dead, including citizens of Australia, Poland, the United Kingdom, and a U.S.-Canada dual citizen, according to reports from the World Central Kitchen (WCK), founded by celebrity chef José Andrés. The workers were in the midst of delivering much-needed food aid when they were struck late in the evening on Monday. The group did not provide a breakdown of the nationalities of those killed, but did mention that at least one Palestinian was among the deceased.

The Israeli military has stated that they are currently investigating the incident to better understand the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, while the WCK has called the event a “tragedy” and emphasized that humanitarian aid workers and civilians should never be targets of violence.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has requested an explanation from Israel regarding the deaths of four international aid workers, including an Australian woman. Albanese called the incident “completely unacceptable” and stressed the need for full accountability in light of the tragedy.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, Japan has announced that it will lift a funding freeze on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The freeze had been imposed in response to the alleged involvement of agency staff in a Hamas attack on Israel last year. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa stated that Japan will resume its $35 million contribution planned for 2023 to UNRWA, citing the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza and the agency’s essential role in providing support.

In Iran, tensions have escalated following an alleged Israeli airstrike at the Iranian consulate in Syria, resulting in the deaths of two Iranian generals and five officers. Iran has sent what it describes as an “important” message to the United States regarding the incident, claiming U.S. responsibility for the strike. Iran has also summoned a Swiss envoy in Tehran and requested an immediate meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the situation.

Furthermore, the U.N. Security Council expects the Palestinians to send a letter in the coming days outlining their request for full membership in the United Nations. The letter, once received, will be shared with council members and likely discussed at a closed meeting, with a focus on ongoing issues related to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

France has circulated a proposed U.N. resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict and the release of all hostages taken during Hamas’ attack on Israel in October. The resolution emphasizes the need for a permanent ceasefire and condemns Hamas’ terrorist actions. France’s U.N. Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere stressed the importance of addressing the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, where starvation has led to the deaths of children.

As the situation continues to unfold in the region, international scrutiny and calls for accountability persist in the wake of these tragic events.

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