Front Burner

Israeli airstrikes and the deadly risk of feeding Gaza

After an Israeli military airstrike killed 7 aid workers on Monday, a conversation with International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband about the barriers and dangers humanitarian groups are facing to help starving Gazans.
A child looks through a shattered window into the charred remains of a van with a visible World Central Kitchen logo.
People inspect the site where World Central Kitchen workers were killed in Deir al-Balah, Gaza. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

On Monday, an Israeli military airstrike hit an aid convoy from World Central Kitchen. The IDF killed 7 workers, including Canadian veteran Jacob Flickinger, and said it was a "mistake" and "misidentification." 

So why didn't the extensive steps WCK says it took to coordinate its movements stop the IDF from firing on them? And what does this breakdown of the way aid is delivered during war mean for getting help to Gazans on the brink of famine? 

David Miliband is the CEO of the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian group partnering to deliver aid and medical help to Gazans. He says it's time for a "paradigm shift" in how we think about aid during conflict. 

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