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Spain expresses dissatisfaction with Israel’s response to Gaza aid worker deaths



On Wednesday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of an air strike that resulted in the deaths of seven aid workers, deeming it as “insufficient” and “unacceptable.”

Speaking at a news conference in Doha at the end of his tour of the Middle East, Sanchez stated that a more detailed explanation is needed considering that the Israeli government was aware of the NGO’s activities in Gaza.

Regarding Netanyahu’s comments on the incident, Sanchez expressed his dissatisfaction, calling it “absolutely unacceptable” and “insufficient.”

The US-based food aid organization, World Central Kitchen, founded by Spanish-American chef Jose Andres, announced a pause in its operations in Gaza following the targeted Israeli strike that claimed the lives of staff from various nationalities.

Netanyahu later acknowledged that the Israeli military had unintentionally caused the deaths in the air strike. He described it as a tragic incident that would be fully investigated, but fell short of issuing a formal apology.

The Israeli army announced an investigation into the air strike and committed to transparently sharing their findings.

Sanchez has emerged as a critical voice in Europe regarding Israel’s military actions in response to Hamas’s attacks on October 7.

He has consistently advocated for a two-state solution as the only viable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The deadly conflict in Gaza ensued after Hamas’s attack on October 7, resulting in approximately 1,160 civilian deaths in Israel as per AFP figures.

Israel’s retaliatory measures have led to the deaths of at least 32,916 individuals, predominantly women and children, according to Gaza’s health ministry under Hamas control.

The extensive Israeli military operations have left large sections of Gaza in ruins, with an estimated 26 million tons of debris generated.