Biden spoke with José Andrés after World Central Kitchen strike

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President Joe Biden called chef José Andrés on Tuesday after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed seven aid workers with Andrés’ World Central Kitchen.

The White House’s readout of the call came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged that an “unintentional” Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed workers with the U.S.-based nonprofit that provides meals to civilians amid conflict and natural disasters. The charity has since halted delivery of vital food aid to Gaza, as the humanitarian crisis in the region worsens.

Biden “conveyed” his grief in the call and recognized the “tremendous contribution” of the organization, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at Tuesday’s press briefing.

National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby, who also appeared at the briefing on Tuesday, said the U.S. is calling for a broader investigation and for the results to be released publicly.

“We were outraged to learn of an IDF strike that killed a number of civilian humanitarian officers yesterday from the World Central Kitchen, which has been relentless in working to get food to those who are hungry in Gaza,” Kirby said.

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