Australian PM says Israeli explanation for deadly aid convoy strike ‘not good enough’

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese addresses the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Melbourne, Australia, March 6, 2024. (Joel Carrett/Pool Photo via AP)
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese addresses the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Melbourne, Australia, March 6, 2024. (Joel Carrett/Pool Photo via AP)

SYDNEY — Israel’s explanation for the deaths from an airstrike in Gaza of seven aid workers, including Australian woman Zomi Frankcom, was “not good enough,” Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says

“We need to have accountability for how it has occurred, and what is not good enough is the statements that have been made, including that this is just a product of war,” Albanese says during a press conference in Sydney.

Albanese seems to be referring to comments from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video message on Tuesday in which he said that “this happens in war” as the Israeli military promised an independent investigation.

Albanese says Frankcom was traveling in a vehicle clearly identified as an aid vehicle and it should not have been at risk. He demanded full accountability on a call with Netanyahu on Wednesday.

“They have 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,” he says.

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