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Final photo of Australian killed in Gaza


The family of an aid worker killed in central Gaza has shared the last photo she sent them.

Lalzawmi “Zomi” Frankcom, 43, was one of seven aid workers killed in an Israeli airstrike as they left the Deir al-Balah warehouse on Monday.

The Melbourne-born aid worker was volunteering with World Central Kitchen and had just unloaded more than 100 tonnes of humanitarian food aid when the rockets struck.

His death was confirmed by Anthony Albanese on Tuesday morning, with the Prime Minister demanding “accountability” from the Israeli government.

Ms Frankcom’s family in Australia broke their silence later that evening, saying they were “in shock” after learning of her death.

“We deeply mourn the news that our brave and beloved Zomi was killed while doing the work she loves, delivering food to the people of Gaza,” the family said in a statement.

They also shared one of the last photos she shared with them before crossing the border into Gaza on Monday.

The 43-year-old woman wears a bulletproof vest and a helmet and offers a small smile to those close to her.

“He was a kind, selfless and exceptional human being who traveled the world helping others in times of need,” his family said.

“She will leave behind a legacy of compassion, courage and love to all those in her orbit.

“We are still in shock and humbly request privacy during this difficult time.”

Speaking to Today on Wednesday morning, Foreign Minister Penny Wong was quizzed by co-host Sarah Abo, who said the government’s response to the war had not been “strong enough”.

“Let’s be clear about who is responsible for this. And let’s not confuse things, I was very clear from the start. Israel must respect international humanitarian law,” Wong said.

“That means protecting civilians, and that means protecting aid workers, and that means delivering aid to Gaza. »

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took responsibility for the airstrike, on behalf of the Israeli Defense Forces, on Tuesday afternoon.

“It happens in times of war. We are studying the situation thoroughly, are in contact with governments (foreigners among the dead) and will do everything to ensure that this does not happen again,” he said in a video statement.


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