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Israeli President Isaac Herzog issued an apology this evening after the death of seven humanitarian workers of the American non-governmental organization "World Central Kitchen" (World Central Kitchen - WCK) who were killed in the Gaza Strip in an Israeli attack.

"President Herzog expresses his deep sadness and sincere apology for the tragic death of WCK workers last night in the Gaza Strip, and expressed his condolences to their families and loved ones," the Israeli presidency said in a statement, adding that Herzog spoke with the founder of the non-governmental organization, Jose Andres.

Seven humanitarian workers were killed in Gaza in an Israeli airstrike, the WCK, for which the humanitarians worked, announced during the day.

The humanitarian organization, which has been delivering food to the Gaza Strip, has announced that it is suspending operations in the region.

The WCK said that Australian, Polish and British citizens were killed, as well as one person who had dual US-Canadian citizenship and one Palestinian.

The attack drew condemnation from the international community, which demanded a thorough investigation and the protection of humanitarian workers in war zones.

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21: 50h

At least 176 members of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) have been killed in the Gaza Strip since October 2023.

The agency told the X social network that several members were killed while socializing and that the number of humanitarian workers killed in Gaza is higher than in any other conflict.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Filipe Lazarini said on March 24 that Israeli authorities had informed the UN that they would no longer allow the agency's humanitarian aid convoys to enter northern Gaza.

Tensions in the Middle East flared up again on October 7 after militants from the radical Palestinian group Hamas launched a surprise incursion into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip.

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19: 01h

German Foreign Minister Analena Berbock today called on Israel to "carry out a quick and thorough investigation" into the death of seven humanitarian workers in an Israeli attack in Gaza.

"Humanitarian workers must be able to carry out their important work in complete safety, all over the world, and also in Gaza. Such incidents must not happen," the German minister wrote on the platform.

Seven humanitarian workers were killed in Gaza in an Israeli airstrike, announced earlier today the non-governmental organization "World Central Kitchen" (WCK), for which the humanitarians worked.

The humanitarian organization, which has been delivering food to the Gaza Strip, has announced that it is suspending operations in the region.

The WCK said that Australian, Polish and British citizens were killed, as well as one person who had dual US-Canadian citizenship and one Palestinian.

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17: 34h

The head of American diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, who is visiting Paris, today requested a "quick and impartial" investigation into the death of seven humanitarian workers in an Israeli air attack on the Gaza Strip.

"We have spoken directly with the Israeli authorities and we have called on them to conduct a quick and impartial investigation to understand exactly what happened," Blinken said at a joint news conference with French counterpart Stéphane Sejourne.

The French minister said his country "firmly condemns" the attack.

"The protection of humanitarian workers is a moral and legal imperative that everyone must adhere to," Sežurne said, adding that "nothing justifies such a tragedy."

Seven humanitarian workers were killed in Gaza in an Israeli airstrike, announced earlier today the non-governmental organization "World Central Kitchen" (WCK), for which the humanitarians worked.

The humanitarian organization, which has been delivering food to the Gaza Strip, has announced that it is suspending operations in the region.

The WCK said that Australian, Polish and British citizens were killed, as well as one person who had dual US-Canadian citizenship and one Palestinian.

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17: 19h

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, announced today an investigation into the Israeli air attack on the Gaza Strip in which seven workers of the World Central Kitchen (WCK) charity organization were killed.

He called the event "unintended and tragic."

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has confirmed that Australian, British and Polish citizens, as well as Palestinians and a person with US and Canadian citizenship, were killed in the attack on the convoy of the humanitarian organization, writes Reuters.

The organization announced that the humanitarians were traveling in two armored cars with the logo of the charity organization and in another vehicle.

The military expressed its "sincere sorrow" and promised an independent investigation into the incident.

"Unfortunately, a tragic incident occurred last day in which our forces unintentionally injured non-combatants in the Gaza Strip. This happens in war. We are conducting a thorough investigation and are in contact with the governments. We will do everything to prevent this from happening again," Netanyahu announced in a video statement.

Aid workers and their Palestinian driver were killed late last night in an Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip, said the non-governmental organization for which the aid workers worked.

Associates of the American non-governmental organization "World Central Kitchen", which delivers food to the Gaza Strip, were killed in an Israeli attack, the founder of that organization, Spanish-American chef Jose Andres, announced on the X network.

"This is not just an attack on WCK, this is an attack on the humanitarian organizations that show up in the most difficult situations where food is used as a weapon of war," said Erin Gore, executive director of WCK.

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15: 35h

In the Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, a total of 13 people were killed, including seven members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, it was announced today in Tehran.

"In the attack carried out by the Zionist regime on the Iranian consulate in the capital of Syria, seven Iranians and six Syrians were killed," state television reported.

The previous information was that 11 victims were registered.

The building that houses the Iranian consulate and the Iranian ambassador's residence was destroyed in the attack.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned Israel that it would be "punished" for the attack, and Tehran announced that it had sent an "important diplomatic message" to the United States of America after this attack.

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14: 41h

As is well known, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on Monday to close the local office of the Qatari satellite television network Al Jazeera while the war in Gaza continues.

Hours after a spokesman for his party said parliament would be called to ratify the necessary legislation, the Knesset approved a bill allowing the temporary closure of foreign broadcasters in Israel deemed to pose a threat to national security.

Al Jazeera, which is funded by the Qatari government, followed suit, calling the Israeli move an "escalation" and saying it "comes as part of a series of systematic Israeli attacks to silence Al Jazeera," according to a statement late Monday.

The law passed on Monday would allow Netanyahu and the security cabinet to close the network's offices in Israel for 45 days, which could be renewed, and would remain in effect until the end of July or until the end of major military operations in Gaza, Reuters reports.

Al Jazeera has dismissed accusations that it has harmed Israel's security as a "dangerous and ridiculous lie" that puts its journalists at risk.

Al Jazeera has been fiercely critical of Israel's military operation in Gaza, from where it reported around the clock throughout the war.

Al Jazeera said Israeli authorities had deliberately targeted and killed several of its journalists, including Samer Abu Daka and Hamza Dahdouh, both of whom were killed in Gaza during the conflict. Israel said it was not targeting journalists, according to Reuters.

14: 01h

Israeli officials agreed on Monday to take into account US concerns about a planned offensive in Rafah, according to a joint statement issued after a virtual meeting with US officials on alternative ways to root out Hamas militants in southern Gaza, Reuters reported.

The meeting, which lasted about two hours and was led by top US and Israeli officials, ended with a plan for follow-up face-to-face talks as early as next Sunday, according to the statement.

There were no immediate signs that US and Israeli negotiators had reached any agreement on the next steps in Rafah.

US President Joseph Biden has urged Israel not to launch a large-scale offensive in Rafah to avoid more Palestinian civilian casualties in Gaza, where Palestinian health authorities say more than 32.000 people have been killed in an Israeli attack, Reuters reports.

US officials, concerned about the deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, have urged Israel to take a more targeted approach to attacking Hamas militants without launching a major ground offensive.

Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has vowed not to be deterred from the Rafah offensive as he seeks to eliminate Hamas militants responsible for an October 7 attack on southern Israel that killed 1.200 people by Israeli count.

The joint statement said the two sides had a constructive engagement on Rafah and agreed to share the goal of Hamas being defeated there.

"The American side has expressed concern about different courses of action in Rafah. The Israeli side has agreed to take these concerns into account and to continue discussions between experts," the statement said.

A US official said the US side, led by national security adviser Jake Sullivan, his top deputy John Feiner and Middle East envoy Brett McGurk, had presented alternative proposals they said would protect civilians in Rafah.

It will be up to Israel to decide what to do, the official said.

An Israeli official in Washington said the Israeli participants included Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and National Security Adviser Tachi Hanegbi. They are the same Netanyahu confidants with whom the meeting in Washington was supposed to take place, which the Israeli prime minister canceled.

The Israelis have briefed their American counterparts on plans for a ground offensive to destroy the last Hamas battalions, which they say can be carried out in a way that minimizes civilian casualties, a separate source familiar with the talks said.

It is not clear whether the two sides have narrowed their differences, the source added.

Netanyahu canceled a planned visit to Washington last Sunday after the US allowed a Gaza ceasefire resolution to pass at the UN on March 25, marking a new low in his relations with Biden during the six-month war.

According to Reuters, two days later Israel asked the White House to reschedule a high-level meeting on military plans for Rafah, officials said, in an apparent attempt to ease tensions between the two allies.

The US is trying to negotiate a deal to release sick, elderly and wounded hostages taken by Hamas from Israel in exchange for a six-week ceasefire. Biden is under pressure in an election year at home and abroad to negotiate an immediate ceasefire.

The Biden administration is considering whether to proceed with a major $18 billion arms transfer package to Israel that would include dozens of F-15 jets and ammunition, three sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

13: 49h

24 people died in the Gaza Strip in the previous 71 hours, which means that a total of 32.916 people have died since the beginning of the war between Israel and the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas, the Hamas Health Ministry announced today.

Most of the dead are women and children, the same source claims.

The Hamas ministry announced that 75.494 people were wounded in almost six months of war.

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11: 31h

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told reporters on Tuesday that Spain will recognize the independence of Palestine by July, and that other countries will do the same in the next period, according to foreign media, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

Sanchez is currently on a tour of the Middle East, during which he will visit Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

During the first day, he spoke informally in Amman with Spanish journalists, to whom he said that his left-wing government intends to recognize Palestine in the next three months, and that a "critical mass" could soon be created within the European Union so that other countries would do the same. .

On March 22, Sánchez spoke in Brussels with the prime ministers of Ireland, Slovenia and Malta, who announced the recognition of Palestine "when appropriate circumstances arise".

Israel told those countries that they were "rewarding terrorism" and that this would reduce the chances of negotiations on the situation in the Gaza Strip.

In a joint declaration last November, the European Union and the Arab states stated that the only possible solution to the conflict is with two mutually recognized neighboring states.

Israel rejects that solution and continues with the occupation of the West Bank and the siege of the Gaza Strip.

For months, Spain has been promoting the idea of ​​holding an international peace conference from which Israel and Palestine would leave internationally recognized. Sanchez had previously offered Madrid as the seat of that conference.

Palestine has so far been recognized by 139 countries of the world.

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09: 19h

Seven humanitarian workers were killed in Gaza in an Israeli airstrike, is the new balance announced by the non-governmental organization "World Central Kitchen" (WCK), for which the humanitarians worked.

This humanitarian organization, which has been delivering food to the Gaza Strip, has announced that it is suspending operations in the region.

The WCK said that Australian, Polish and British citizens were killed, as well as one person who had dual US-Canadian citizenship and one Palestinian.

Earlier, WCK's founder, Spanish-American chef Jose Andres, announced on the X network that four foreign aid workers and their Palestinian driver had been killed in an Israeli attack.

In the statement of the non-governmental organization, it condemned the "tragedy" and stated that the humanitarian workers were killed "while they were working to support the humanitarian work of delivering food in Gaza".

Australia confirmed the death of its citizen and condemned the attack, while the US said it was "deeply disturbed" by the events.

The Israeli military said it was "looking into the tragic incident at the highest level to determine the circumstances," adding that it was "working closely with the WCK" to distribute aid.

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09: 14h

Al-Shifa, by far the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip, was left in ruins after a two-week siege by the Israeli army.

08: 09h

Four foreign aid workers and their Palestinian driver were killed in an Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip, according to Hamas and the non-governmental organization for which the aid workers worked.

Associates of the American non-governmental organization "World Central Kitchen" (WCK), which delivers food to the Gaza Strip, were killed in an Israeli attack, the organization's founder, Spanish-American chef Jose Andres, said on the X network.

In the statement of the non-governmental organization, it condemned the "tragedy" and stated that the humanitarian workers were killed "while they were working to support the humanitarian work of delivering food in Gaza".

Palestinian Hamas announced that the citizens of Great Britain, Australia and Poland were killed, and that the nationality of the fourth aid worker was not known. They were killed in an Israeli attack when a WCK vehicle was hit in the central part of the Gaza Strip.

Australia confirmed the death of its citizen and condemned the attack, while the US said it was "deeply disturbed" by the events.

The Israeli military said it was "looking into the tragic incident at the highest level to determine the circumstances," adding that it was "working closely with the WCK" to distribute aid.

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