Charity 'pausing operations' after aid workers killed in Gaza strike

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A man in a World Central Kitchen tshirt at a hospital, near the bodies of the killed aid workers

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At least seven aid workers have been killed in Gaza, in what their charity founder said was an Israeli air strike.

Chef and World Central Kitchen (WCK) founder José Andrés called on the Israeli government "to stop this indiscriminate killing".

Gaza's Hamas-run media office also blamed Israel.

A journalist working for the BBC in Gaza has seen the bodies of three international aid workers and a Palestinian driver, recovered from the site of the alleged air strike. Foreign passports were also shown.

WCK says the killed aid workers people are from the UK, Australia and Poland, as well a dual US-Canadian national and Palestinians.

The charity also says they were attacked after leaving a warehouse in Deir al-Balah where they had unloaded more than 100 tons of humanitarian food aid brought to Gaza via ship.

The strike cannot be verified independently at the moment and details are still emerging.

Israel's military has responded to the attack, saying it is conducting a thorough review at the highest level to understand the circumstances of this "tragic incident".

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