The IDF has published its report into the deadly strikes on aid workers. Here’s what we know

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) killed seven World Central Kitchen (WCK) aid workers in Gaza on Monday, sparking international outrage.

On Friday, the IDF published a report into the killings, which it said violated its own protocols and should not have happened. The WCK has called for further independent investigations, saying the IDF cannot be trusted to “investigate its own failure in Gaza.”

Here’s what we know.

What the IDF said happened: The IDF has been trying to track down and kill Hamas militants in Gaza for nearly six months, and has long accused Hamas of embedding itself with civilians. It said its forces identified a gunman in an aid truck on Monday, and then identified an additional gunman. 

After the vehicles left the warehouse where the aid had been unloaded, one of the commanders mistakenly assumed the gunmen were located inside the accompanying vehicles and that these were Hamas terrorists,” it said.

The IDF said it did not identify the vehicles as belonging to WCK and so proceeded to target the three vehicles, leading to the deaths of the seven workers.

Separately, an IDF spokesperson told CNN that the unit responsible mistook “something slung over one of the passenger’s shoulders as a weapon,” when in fact it was a bag.

The official also confirmed that some of the aid workers who survived the first Israeli strike on their vehicle then fled to other vehicles, before being struck again.

The spokesperson said the surveillance drones could not see the WCK logo on the vehicles at night, and so are considering “distributing thermal stickers for aid vehicles” to prevent such attacks from happening again.

Who the IDF dismissed and punished: The IDF dismissed two senior officers over the strikes: The brigade fire support commander and the brigade chief of staff.

Others were formally reprimanded: The brigade commander and the 162nd Division commander. It said the strikes seriously violated the IDF’s Standard Operating Procedures and sent its condolences to the families of the victims and the WCK organization.

Israel's National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir criticized the decision to dismiss two military personnel over the deadly strike, saying it "is the abandonment of the soldiers in the middle of a war and a grave mistake that conveys weakness."

How the WCK has responded: The WCK slammed Israel for not following its own protocols.

It said firing the officers was an “important step,” but warned, “without systemic change, there will be more military failures, more apologies and more grieving families.”

“We demand the creation of an independent commission to investigate the killings of our WCK colleagues. The IDF cannot credibly investigate its own failure in Gaza,” it said.

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