Middle East crisis live: Israeli military investigating after Gaza officials say foreign aid workers killed in IDF strike

Four World Central Kitchen employees and their Palestinian driver died when their convoy was hit in central Gaza, officials in Hamas-run organisations said

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Welcome to our live coverage of a reported air strike on a convoy in central Gaza that has killed four foreign nationals, according to the territory’s health officials. Here’s what we know so far:

The Israeli military said it was investigating after nationals from UK, Australia and Poland who were working for the World Central Kitchen were reportedly in the convoy that was struck.

The nationality of a fourth aid worker was not immediately known. A Palestinian translator was also reportedly killed.

The group were travelling in a convoy that was hit south of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, local officials said.

The media office of the Hamas-run government of Gaza reported the deaths late on Monday.

Footage showed the bodies of the five dead at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Several of them wore protective body armour with the charity’s logo. Hospital staff showed the passports of three of the dead – British, Australian and Polish.

The source of strike could not be independently confirmed.

World Central Kitchen said: “This is a tragedy. Humanitarian aid workers and civilians should never be a target.”

A spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces, Avichay Adraee, said it was “conducting a thorough review at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident”.

Medical officials said the group had been helping to deliver food and other supplies to northern Gaza that had arrived hours early by ship.

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