Volunteers killed in Gaza, the hypothesis of a targeted attack takes hold. What we know about the dynamics of the raid

Volunteers killed in Gaza, the hypothesis of a targeted attack takes hold. What we know about the dynamics of the raid
Volunteers killed in Gaza, the hypothesis of a targeted attack takes hold. What we know about the dynamics of the raid

Washington, April 3, 2024 – Israel called it a “tragic accident”, the consequence of “a misidentification”. But the raid that has killed 7 aid workers in Gaza appears anything but a ‘fatality’. Let’s see why.

The army gives the green light

First of all it should be remembered that the convoy Of World Central Kitchenthe non-governmental organization that until yesterday distributed meals to displaced people in the Strip, was on a journey road agreed with the Israeli security forces, a ‘free’ zone under the control of the IDF. He had just unloaded more than 100 tons of food supplies in a warehouse in Dei al Balah, in the center of Gaza, and proceeded with his three white vehicles (two armored SUVs and one unarmored one), at least two recognizable by the large logo ‘ WCK’, along the coastal road Al Rashidwhich according to the UN Office is designated for passage of humanitarian aid by the Israeli authorities.

Three separate attacks

According to the reconstruction of HaaretzIsraeli newspaper, a Israeli drone he shot three missiles, one after the other, each against the three WCK vehicles. There CNN and the Washington Post they have geolocalized the three vehicles, from the images and videos circulated, noting that when they were hit they were about 2.4 km away from each other. This confirms that the vehicles with the 7 humanitarian workers on board have been reached by separate attacks.

It was a precision raid

Chris Cobb-Smith, a former British Army artillery officer and ammunition expert, speaking to CNN said the damage to the three vehicles was consistent with the use “missiles launched by high-flying drones precision“. The holes made on the bodywork would in fact show limited detonations.

The hole caused by the detonation of the rocket on one of WCK’s cars (Ansa)

To be sure, we would need to analyze rocket fragments. In any case it is “hard to believe” that what happened was an “accident”. The rocket-firing drone, he added, would have been used with a drone by surveillance. This means that the Israeli forces would have “total visibility”: impossible not to recognize the WCK logo.

Did Israel suspect the presence of a terrorist?

According to what Haaretz reports, which cites defense sources, the Tel Aviv army launched an attack because it suspected the presence of an infiltrated terrorist. The IDF operations room would have recognized a armed man aboard a food truck, and allegedly ordered the cars to be shot “even though neither the man nor the truck had left the warehouse.” “It was night and the conditions were complicated,” admitted Herzi Halevi, general of the Tel Aviv army.

Israel said it had started ainternal investigation but declined to comment on the reports or provide details. For WCK CEO Erin Gore, it was a “targeted attack” against civilians.

 
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