Leaders demand investigation into death of aid workers

World leaders are demanding an investigation after a relief convoy in Gaza was hit in an Israeli airstrike. Seven aid workers from a US-based group were killed.

The World Central Kitchen said on Tuesday its workers were traveling in cars marked with the group's logo. They were attacked after unloading more than 100 tons of food at a warehouse.

The group said its movements were coordinated with Israeli forces, and officials at the World Health Organization back up that claim. WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris said, "This was an agreed mission with this team, it was 'de-conflicted.' 'De-conflicted' means both sides know they are coming, both sides have agreed."

The victims were from the Palestinian territories, Australia, Poland and the United Kingdom, along with a dual US-Canadian citizen.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, "We shouldn't have a situation where people who are simply trying to help their fellow human beings are themselves at grave risk."

The aid group said Israeli forces carried out a "targeted attack," but Israel denied that claim.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "Unfortunately, in the last day, there was a tragic case of our forces unintentionally hitting innocent people in the Gaza Strip. This happens in wartime."

The World Central Kitchen had recently launched an effort to deliver aid by sea from Cyprus. However, officials of the island country said the ships were recalled. The group has since suspended operations in the region.