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A car used by World Central Kitchen that was hit in Gaza.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Israeli strikes killed 7 aid workers in Gaza

Israeli strikes on a marked World Central Kitchen aid convoy in the Gaza Strip killed seven aid workers, fanning international outrage and underscoring the risks to humanitarian workers trying to fend off famine. The workers were hit despite having coordinated their movements with the Israeli military, the charity said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said in a message on X that “Israel deeply regrets the tragic incident” and promised a “swift and transparent” investigation. Governments from around the world condemned the killings.

As of March 20, at least 196 aid workers have been killed in Gaza since the fighting began on Oct. 7, according to the U.N. Israeli strikes have hit aid distribution centers, schools and shelters run by aid groups.

World Central Kitchen said that it was suspending operations in the territory, as did American Near East Refugee Aid, or Anera. Other aid groups said they were assessing their options.

The victims: World Central Kitchen said the people killed were from Gaza, Australia, Britain, Poland, Canada and the U.S.

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