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Factbox-What we know so far about the seven aid workers killed in Gaza by Israel By Reuters

Protecting Palestinians a moral imperative, Pentagon chief tells Israeli counterpart By Reuters

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(Reuters) – An Israeli airstrike on an aid convoy in Gaza on Monday killed seven workers from the charity World Central Kitchen including citizens of Australia, Britain, Poland.

Israeli said it mistakenly killed the aid workers and promised a full investigation. Here’s what we know about those killed.


The 25-year-old Palestinian was buried in a ceremony attended by hundreds in his hometown of Rafah on Tuesday, according to BBC News.

“He was happy to work with an organisation that provides humanitarian aid to the displaced, our hearts are broken by your death, Saif,” the BBC reported his close friend Hassan saying.

“You have hurt us with your passing, and we will not forget you.”


Known to her friends as “Zomi”, the 43-year-old Lalzawmi Frankcom joined World Central Kitchen after an earlier career at the Commonwealth Bank.

Social media posts show her in Pakistan and Bangladesh during floods in 2022 and on a motorbike convoy delivering aid into the Haitian highlands a year earlier.

“For her it was the perfect job, she got to serve hot meals to people who were having maybe the lowest point of their lives,” her friend Bryan Weaver told Reuters.

“She made you feel like you were the only person in the room.

In a statement her family said Zomi left behind a legacy of compassion, bravery and love.


Sobol, a relief worker, lived in the city of Przemysl, in southeastern Poland, according to the city’s mayor Wojciech Bakun.

“There are no words to describe the feelings of people who knew this amazing young man right now,” he wrote in a Facebook (NASDAQ:) post.

Sobol, aged 35, was pictured in videos shot months before his death, itemising aid supplies bound for Gaza, including water systems, kitchen equipment and meals.

“(It is) everything (needed) to create a kitchen and feed people where needed,” he said.


Chapman, Kirby (NYSE:) and Henderson were all part of WCK’s security team, according to the NGO.

British media reported that all three were former soldiers in the British military, and worked as private security contractors for UK-based firm Solace Global.

Former special forces commando Chapman, a 57-year-old married father-of-two, had only been in Gaza for a few weeks before he was killed, according to newspaper The Sun.

Henderson, aged 33, served for six years in the Royal Marines, an elite fighting force of the…

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