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Joe Biden spoke to Benjamin Netanyahu. The topic is the situation in the Gaza Strip

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US President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. The leaders discussed the situation in the Gaza Strip, the White House said. The conversation took place three days after the Israeli attack that killed seven humanitarian workers of the World Central Kitchen organization.

According to the White House, President Biden stressed that attacks on aid workers and the overall humanitarian situation in Gaza are “unacceptable.”

The US president “explained that Israel must announce and implement a series of specific and measurable steps to address civilian harm and suffering and ensure the safety of humanitarian workers.”

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As we read in a White House press release, Biden emphasized that “an immediate ceasefire is necessary to stabilize and improve the humanitarian situation and protect innocent civilians.” He also called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to authorize his negotiators to immediately conclude an agreement to bring home the hostages kidnapped by Hamas on October 7.

Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu (archive photo)MIRIAM ALSTER/EPA/PAP

The leaders also discussed Iran's threats against Israel and the Israeli people. “President Biden has made clear that the United States strongly supports Israel in the face of these threats,” the White House said.

The leaders' conversation lasted less than 30 minutes.

Israel under fire after the death of volunteers in the Gaza Strip. Joe Biden expressed outrageKatarzyna Sławińska/Fakty TVN

Death of volunteers in Gaza

Seven WCK employees were killed on the night from Monday to Tuesday in an airstrike by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip. The event occurred while workers were delivering food aid that had arrived a few hours earlier by ship from Cyprus.

The fatalities included three British citizens, a Pole, an Australian and one person with American-Canadian citizenship. The Palestinian driver was also killed.

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The car used by World Central Kitchen volunteers PAP/EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER

Renowned American chef and founder of World Central Kitchen Jose Andres said in an emotional interview with Reuters on Wednesday that the Israeli attack targeted his organization's humanitarian workers “systematically, car by car.” In a text published on Wednesday in the New York Times, Andres stated that the attack on the convoy of WCK volunteers was a direct result of Israel's policy of limiting humanitarian aid.

READ ALSO: Killed in convoy. The head of WCK on the details of the attack: the attack was “systematic, car by car”

Israel says the attack was a mistake, not a war crime, and said the results of the investigation would be made public soon.


Main photo source: MIRIAM ALSTER/EPA/PAP

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