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Death of Damian Sobola. World Central Kitchen returns to the Gaza Strip. It will honor a Polish volunteer

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The humanitarian organization World Central Kitchen announced that it will resume operations in the Gaza Strip from Monday. A new feeding point is being built there, which will be called “Damian's Kitchen” – after the Pole Damian Sobol, one of the seven WCK volunteers killed in the Israeli airstrike.

World Central Kitchen suspended operations in the Gaza Strip following the April 1 air attack by the Israeli army in which seven volunteers died. The organization said they were attacked while delivering food aid. Among the fatalities, apart from Damian Sobola, were also citizens of Australia and Great Britain and one person with American and Canadian citizenship. The Palestinian driver was also killed.

“We are resuming our activities with the same energy, dignity and focus on feeding as many people as possible,” said WCK president Erin Gore in a statement published on Sunday on the organization's website.

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“So far, we have distributed over 43 million meals and we will gladly deliver millions more. Food is a universal right,” she emphasized, adding that the work in the Gaza Strip was the most important WCK mission in the 14-year history of this organization in terms of saving lives. “We will continue to deliver as much food as possible to the Gaza Strip, including its northern part, by land, air or sea,” she said.

According to her, WCK has 276 trucks ready to enter the Zone through the border crossing in Rafah, it intends to send trucks with aid also from Jordan and is analyzing the possibility of using the humanitarian maritime corridor from Cyprus and the port in Ashdod.

Creation of “Damian's Kitchen”

The organization also announced that it would open its third kitchen in the Gaza Strip, in the coastal city of Al-Mawasi. It will be called “Damian's Kitchen” – in honor of Damian Sobol, who died on April 1 in an Israeli airstrike. WCK has two other kitchens in Gaza, one in Rafah and the other in Deir al-Balah. “It is being built according to his favorite saying: 'No problems, only solutions',” it said.

WCK renewed its call for an impartial international investigation into the April 1 attack. Gore emphasized that that raid presented the organization with a dilemma.

“We were forced to make a decision: to completely stop feeding (those in need) during one of the worst hunger crises in history and end our activities, which accounted for 62 percent of all aid from international non-governmental organizations, or continue feeding, knowing that humanitarian workers and civilians are intimidated and killed,” she wrote.

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“Ultimately, we decided that we must continue to feed, continuing our mission to provide food to people in the most difficult of times,” Gore emphasized.

Main photo source: Abaca/PAP

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