World Central Kitchen reveals the identities of employees who lost their lives in Gaza

Tragic Loss of Life in Gaza: 7 Employees Killed in Israeli Strike While Delivering Aid

On March 12, a ship carrying 200 tons of food departed for Gaza, with more relief efforts planned. Unfortunately, the World Central Kitchen (WCK) recently lost seven employees who were killed by Israeli airstrikes. The employees were on their way back from a mission when the strike occurred. Among those killed were Saifeddin Issam Aydan Abutaha, Lalzawami Frankcom, Damian Soból, Jacob Flickinger, John Chapman, James Henderson, and James Kirby.

Abutaha, Frankcom, Soból, and Flickinger were part of the WCK relief team while Chapman, Henderson and Kirby were part of the WCK security team. They had been delivering over 100 tons of food to Gaza just before the incident when they were struck.

Israeli Prime Minister expressed regret over the tragic event and called it an “unintended strike.” WCK founder José Andrés condemned the indiscriminate killing and called on the Israeli government to stop it immediately to prevent any further loss of innocent lives. The organization had recently sent food shipments to Gaza in an effort to bring aid to those in need.

The deaths of these brave humanitarian workers have been deeply felt by their friends and relatives as well as the wider humanitarian community who have mourned their loss. Their work has brought aid and hope to many people in crisis situations around the world and their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

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