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Final photo of slain Aussie killed in Gaza


The family of an aid worker who was killed in central Gaza have shared the last photo she sent to them.

Lalzawmi “Zomi” Frankcom, 43, was one of seven aid workers killed during an Israeli air strike while leaving 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 tons of humanitarian food aid, when the rockets hit.

Her 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 are “reeling from the shock” after learning of her death.

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

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

The 43-year-old wears a bulletproof vest and helmet as she offers up a small smile to her loved ones.

“She was a kind, selfless and outstanding human being that has travelled the world helping others in their time of need,” her family said.

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

“We are still reeling from the shock and we humbly request privacy during this difficult time.”

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

“Let us be clear about where responsibility, lies for this. And let us not confuse issues, I have been very clear from the start. Israel should observe international humanitarian law,” Wong said.

“That means the protection of civilians, and that means the protection of aid workers and that means the provision of aid into Gaza.”

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu took responsibility for the air strike, on behalf of the Israeli Defence Force, on Tuesday afternoon.

“This happens in wartime. We are thoroughly looking into it, are in contact with the governments [of the foreigners among the dead] and will do everything to ensure it does not happen again,” he said in a video statement.


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