What we know about the Gaza aid convoy strike

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By Benedict Garman, Thomas Spencer, and Shayan Sardarizadeh, BBC Verify.

Photo by Getty Images.

In an Israeli strike in Gaza, seven employees of the food aid organization World Central Kitchen (WCK) lost their lives.

Israel has been urged to “urgently explain how this happened” by Foreign Secretary David Cameron, who noted that three of them were British.

In an effort to put together the information that is currently available about the incident, BBC Verify has been looking through photos of the attack’s aftermath that have been shared on social media.

The column.

According to the charity, two of the three cars carrying the relief workers were armored.

It claims that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) coordinated the convoy’s movements.

In central Gaza, at a warehouse called Deir al-Balah, the convoy had delivered over 100 tonnes of food supplies, the charity reported.

BBC Verify has located three severely damaged vehicles based on image analysis, one of which has a WCK logo on its roof.

Given their approximate separation of 2.5 km (1 mi), it is likely that there were multiple strikes.

Their locations were determined by BBC Verify by comparing visual cues in their photos with satellite imagery of this area of Gaza.

One picture shows a heavily damaged Toyota Hilux along with the surrounding trees and fence. It also shows a single palm tree in a walled enclosure with a unique pattern of buildings surrounding it.

These features have been compared to a section of the central Gaza coast-running Al-Rashid road using satellite images.

One image shows a large, jagged hole in the roof of another Toyota Hilux, which is part of a second, severely damaged car. There is also a visible WCK logo.

There are other background features that include a pylon, a low wall, a section of woodland, and two different roofs. The scene and BBC Verify match up to be roughly 800 meters south of the first car.

About 100 meters off the road in an open area to the south, a third damaged vehicle was seen on camera.

According to the WCK, this third vehicle was not armored and was instead a “soft-skin vehicle.”. It was roughly 1.6 km south of the other car and 2.5 km north of the original.

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“Soft-skin vehicle” was how the WCK described the third car.

It struck directly. Some of them were placed in another car in front while they were being treated. However, they shelled the car,” a local who claimed to have seen the attack stated.

Which weapons could have been employed?

Several experts on weapons were shown pictures of the cars by BBC Verify.

Although there are no missile or bomb fragments visible at the scene, the experts examined the damage to the vehicles.

The attack was most likely caused by Spike missiles launched from drones, according to Chris Cobb-Smith, a former British Army officer and former UN weapons inspector.

One type of strong weapon that is typically used against tanks and other armored vehicles is the spike missile.

A former officer in the British Army, Justin Crump runs a risk intelligence company called Sibylline. He agreed. The attack “was probably drone-launched and targeted,” he claims.

According to him, a missile, not a bomb or a mortar, was most likely what started the strike.

The casualties.

WCK has identified the seven aid workers who died as follows.

Lalzawmi Frankcom, 43, is an Australian national.

Damian Sobol, 35, is a citizen of Poland.

The Palestinian Saifeddin Issam Ayad Abutaha is twenty-five.

33-year-old dual Canadian and US national Jacob Flickinger.

John Chapman, a British national, aged 57.

33-year-old British national James (Jim) Henderson.

The 47-year-old British national James Kirby.

International Central Kitchen.

The victims’ photos were made public by WCK.

Prior to 22:30 BST on April 1, images of the relief workers’ corpses were initially shared on social media.

Five people’s bodies were shown in graphic videos. Later, the Palestine Red Crescent Society reported on X that two more bodies had been found in Deir al-Balah.

At least three of the dead had bulletproof vests with visible WCK logos.

Additional videos featured WCK coworkers identifying the bodies.

“These individuals delivered the aid from the ocean,” one exclaimed, then broke down in tears upon realizing it was a Palestinian aid worker who had been murdered.

the path.

The food supplies were transported to Gaza “by sea,” according to WCK.

A jetty that WCK recently built west of Gaza City is used to transport aid by sea. On March 15, the route was used for the first delivery.

Additionally, WCK provides a “Welcome Center” for refugees traveling northward along the coastal road.

WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN: Putting millions of people’s meals at risk.

The founder of a charity honors workers.

ANALYSIS: According to agencies, the deadly strike demonstrates the safety of aid workers in an emergency.

PROFILES: Which seven humanitarian workers lost their lives in Gaza?

In a statement, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi described the attack as “a mistake that followed a misidentification at night… it shouldn’t have happened.”.

The incident would be thoroughly investigated, he said, “in the coming days.”.

The incident is still being looked into by BBC Verify.

Osob Elmi, Joshua Cheetham, and Merlyn Thomas contributed additional reporting.

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