/ 04 April 2024

A pointed message for Netanyahu

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Yesterday was busy for PM Albanese… On top of announcing a new GG he also spoke to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and conveyed Australians’ “anger and concern” over Israel’s deadly airstrike on aid workers on Monday, which left Aussie Zomi Frankcom and 6 others dead. They were volunteering with the World Central Kitchen when their 3-vehicle convoy came under attack. Reports this morning (paywall) say Frankcom’s family has called for the soldiers involved to be investigated and charged with war crimes. “It should never have happened”, her brother Mal said in a statement, adding that “Zomi would be heartbroken” to know that aid had been suspended after the attack. Albanese said Netanyahu has committed to a “thorough investigation” into what happened. As US President Joe Biden weighed in, the strike has called into question the effectiveness of the Israeli-led system to protect aid workers in Gaza.

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