Australian PM confirms aid worker killed in Gaza was Australian

Australian PM confirms aid worker killed in Gaza strike was Australian national

/ 01:04 PM April 02, 2024

Members of "World Central Kitchen" prepare food for Palestinians, in the location given as Gaza

Members of “World Central Kitchen” prepare food for Palestinians, in the location given as Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in this picture released on March 21, 2024 and obtained from social media. Courtesy of @chefjoseandres via X/via REUTERS/File Photo

Sydney, Australia — Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday confirmed one of several aid workers killed in a strike on Gaza was an Australian national.

Albanese said volunteer Zomi Frankcom had been doing “extraordinarily valuable work” helping distribute food in the besieged Gaza Strip with aid outfit World Central Kitchen.

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“This is completely unacceptable. Australia expects full accountability for the deaths of aid workers,” Albanese said, before offering his “sincere condolences” to Frankcom’s family.

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“I didn’t have the honor of knowing her,” he added.

“She just wanted to help out through this charity. That says everything about the character of this young woman.”

READ: ‘Several’ aid workers killed in Israeli strike in Gaza: NGO leader

The bodies of four foreign aid workers and their Palestinian driver were brought to a hospital in the town of Deir el-Balah after an Israeli strike targeted their vehicle, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory.

World Central Kitchen is one of two NGOs spearheading efforts to deliver aid by boat from Cyprus.

Australia will be seeking an explanation from Israeli officials, Albanese said.

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“We want full accountability for this, because this is a tragedy that should never have occurred.”

The Israeli military has said it was “conducting a thorough review at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident”.

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