Live updates: Israel-Hamas war, 7 aid workers killed in Gaza strike

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has criticized Israel’s explanation for the killing of seven international aid workers in Gaza as “not good enough.”

One Australian, Lalzawmi “Zomi” Frankcom, was among those killed in the strike Monday.

On Tuesday, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged the Israel Defense Forces airstrike on three cars carrying humanitarian workers from World Central Kitchen (WCK), saying: “This happens in war.”

Albanese appeared to reference that remark at a news conference Thursday.

“We need to have accountability for how it’s occurred. And what isn’t good enough are the statements that have been made, including that this is just a product of war,” he said. “This is against humanitarian law.”

Albanese said he spoke with Netanyahu on Wednesday morning, and was told Israel is “committed to a full and proper investigation.”

“I want that to be transparent, and I want those findings to be made public so that we find out how exactly this can occur,” Albanese told reporters Thursday.

The IDF has said the incident is being investigated, that the strike was a “grave mistake” and that it did not intend to harm the aid workers.

The chief of staff of the Israeli military, Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, apologized for the strike and described it as “a mistake that followed a misidentification.” 

The victims: According to her LinkedIn page, Frankcom had worked with WCK since 2019, most recently as a senior manager of its operations in Asia.

A dual US-Canada national, a Palestinian, three Brits, and a Pole were also killed by the IDF strike.

Read about the victims here:

Who were the World Central Kitchen workers killed in Israel's strike in Gaza? | CNN

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