Israel’s preliminary report claims attack on WCK was due to ‘misidentification’

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There was no “intent to harm the workers,” Israeli army chief of staff Herzi Halevi said.

The preliminary report of the Israeli army concludes this Wednesday that the attack on the World Central Kitchen (WCK) humanitarian convoy, which killed seven employees, was not “intended to harm humanitarian workers” and was the result of “misidentification”.

“I want to be very clear: the attack was not carried out with the intention of harming WCK humanitarian workers. It was a failure due to misidentification: at night, during a war, in very complex circumstances. It shouldn’t have happened.” the Chief of the General Staff of the Israeli Army stated: Herzi Haleviin presenting the preliminary conclusions of his research.

Halevi has insisted that an “independent entity will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the incident,” a more detailed investigation to be completed in the coming days, and promised that the military will “learn from its conclusions, implement immediate measures and share these conclusions with WCK and other organizations that are internationally relevant

The military chief also indicated that a “command center” has already been established to improve the way the distribution of humanitarian aid is coordinated in the Gaza Strip, hours after Defense Secretary Yoav Gallant ordered it. to protect humanitarian workers.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday deplored the “tragic” attack on a convoy of the NGO World Central Kitchen (WCK) in the Gaza Strip, assuring that it was an “unintentional” attack by the Israeli army against “innocent people.” .” “. The US, for its part, called on Israel for “a prompt, full and impartial investigation,” but did not condemn the attack.

Authorities in the Gaza Strip have reported that more than 32,800 people (approximately 200 humanitarian workers) have been killed since October 7, 2023 as a result of the Israeli army’s attacks on the Palestinian enclave.

Source: EITB

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