April 24, 2024

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Biden and Netanyahu to speak by phone Thursday following Israeli attack on NGO convoy

Biden and Netanyahu to speak by phone Thursday following Israeli attack on NGO convoy
Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu (REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo)

President of the United States, Joe Bidenand the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin NetanyahuThey will talk on the phone a few days later this Thursday The attack killed seven World Central kitchen workers (WCK), Company Information EFE An American official.

It will be It was the first phone call between the two leaders since March 18 It comes at a particularly tense time because of the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip against the organization founded in 2010 by the Spanish chef. Jose Andres Food should be provided in the face of natural calamities and wars.

According to the White House, Biden is “heartbroken” by the attack, but his administration has not reversed the support it has provided to Israel since the start of the conflict in Gaza after the October 7 Hamas attack on Israeli territory.

In fact, the management is up to approve the sale 50 F-15 fighter jets Made in the United States in a deal worth more than $18 billion, local media reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

On Tuesday, the same day as the attack, Biden spoke by phone with José Andrés, one of whom was an American, to express his condolences over the deaths of members of his NGO.

Mourning the body of Palestinian Issam Abu Taha, a World Central Kitchen (WCK) worker who was killed along with other workers in an Israeli airstrike. April 2, 2024 (REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot)

In an opinion piece published Wednesday The New York TimesJose Andrés said the deaths of humanitarian workers were a “direct consequence” of Israeli policy in its war with Hamas.

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Yesterday Netanyahu acknowledged Israel's responsibility for the “accidental” attackand Israeli President, Isaac HerzogLast night he called Jose Andres and apologized for the incident.

According to details of the attack exclusively obtained by an Israeli newspaper Haaretz, An Israeli drone fired three shots at a convoy WCK in the city of Deir al-Balah in the heart of the enclave, although the vehicles are clearly marked with the organization's logo.

A preliminary statement from the Israeli army has been published yesterday The humanitarian convoy had no “intent to harm workers”. It was due to “mistaken identification”.

Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Army, Herzi Halevi, He stressed that an “independent agency will thoroughly investigate the incident” and that detailed investigations would be completed in the coming days, and promised that the military would “learn from its findings, implement immediate actions and share those findings with the WCK and others concerned.” International Organizations.”

The White House indicated Wednesday that the United States will not launch its own investigation and hopes the Israeli government will. A “thorough, thorough and transparent” investigation About the event.

The bodies of six foreign aid workers They will be deported today, Wednesday From the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing, confirmed Marwan Al-Hams, director of Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar Hospital, where they were transferred.

Foreign aid workers include three Britons, one Pole, one Australian and one American-Canadian; A Palestinian colleague traveled with them.

(with information from EFE)