196 Aid Workers Killed in Gaza: UN Wants Impartial Inquiry

Last Updated on April 7, 2024 4:08 am

196 aid workers have been killed in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has demanded an impartial investigation into the deaths of these aid workers. In making the call on Friday (April 5), he expressed hope that Israel would take swift and effective action to increase aid supplies to Gaza.

On Monday (April 01), Israel attacked the vehicle of World Central Kitchen (WCK), a US-based international food aid organization, in Deir al-Balah, Gaza. 7 relief workers were killed. Among them there are citizens of different countries including United States and United Kingdom. Later, in the face of international pressure, Israel dismissed the two army officers by admitting their mistake for the incident.

The UN Secretary General said that the Israeli government has admitted its mistakes. But the real problem is not who made the mistakes, the problem is the military tactics and processes that allow this to happen again and again. Correcting this wrong requires independent investigation and meaningful and measurable change on the ground. But Guterres did not say who would conduct the independent investigation.

The 15-member UN Security Council will meet on Friday to discuss the impending famine in Gaza and attacks on aid workers.

Guterres told reporters that when the door to relief is closed, the door to starvation is open. More than half of the millions are starving. Children in Gaza are dying from lack of food and water. This is unthinkable and completely avoidable.

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