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The deaths of World Central Kitchen workers pushed the number of aid employees killed during the war in Gaza to at least 196, according to the U.N. secretary general, António Guterres.

Lalzawmi Frankcom’s text message was short and sweet: a heart emoji reply at 10:38 p.m. on Sunday to her friend Josh Phelps, who had sent along photos of their humanitarian work together on a reservation in South Dakota.

Ms. Frankcom, an Australian known as Zomi, had a big day ahead on Monday. She and her colleagues from World Central Kitchen in Gaza were waiting for a ship to arrive at their newly built jetty so that they could unload hundreds of tons of sorely needed humanitarian aid.

The team set off about 8 a.m. on Monday local time from Rafah, in southern Gaza, and headed north to Deir al Balah. They “were so excited, like they were going to a wedding,” said Shadi Abu Taha, whose brother, Saif, was among them.

But the trip ended disastrously.

Israeli strikes hit their convoy that night, killing Ms. Frankcom and six of her colleagues from World Central Kitchen, the charity group founded by the chef José Andrés that has been delivering millions of meals in Gaza.

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World Central Kitchen has suspended its relief efforts in Gaza after seven aid workers were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Monday. Videos reveal the challenges of food distribution in a territory under siege.

Many countries, including Australia, Britain and the United States, where some of the workers were from, have condemned the attack and called for investigations and accountability.

Aid worker deaths since 1997



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In Gaza and West Bank

In other countries and territories

250 deaths

All 161 deaths of Palestinian aid

workers in 2023 were after Oct. 7

200

150

100

50

2000

2005

2010

2015

2020

2024

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In Gaza and West Bank

In other countries and territories

250 deaths

All 161 deaths of Palestinian aid

workers in 2023 were after Oct. 7

200

150

100

50

2000

2005

2010

2015

2020

2024

Note: Data is as of April 1, 2024. The data from 2024 and some incidents from 2023 are considered provisional and will be verified at a later date.

Source: Aid Worker Security Database

By Elena Shao

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