April 17th, 2024

Airstrikes on aid workers don’t ‘just happen,’ Trudeau says of Netanyahu’s reaction

By The Canadian Press on April 4, 2024.

World Central Kitchen is asking Canada to back its demand for an independent investigation into the Israeli airstrikes that killed seven aid workers earlier this week. Canadian army veteran Jacob Flickinger, shown in a handout photo, was among those killed along with a Palestinian driver and citizens of Australia, Poland, and the United Kingdom. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - World Central Kitchen **MANDATORY CREDIT**

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he “takes issue” with Israel’s assertion that the airstrikes that killed seven aid workers in central Gaza on Monday were just part of the cost of war.

Thirty-three year old Canadian army veteran Jacob Flickinger was among those killed while delivering food aid for World Central Kitchen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week the blasts were a tragic accident – but also a consequence of armed conflict.

Trudeau fired back this morning, saying attacks on aid workers “don’t just happen” and never should.

World Central Kitchen is demanding an independent investigation on the strikes, which the group says were no accident since Israel was well aware of the aid workers’ location.

Trudeau says he also wants a fully open, transparent, independent and “rapid” investigation to explain exactly how the tragedy occurred.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 4, 2024.

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