Australian aid worker reportedly killed in Gaza

“Rest in peace our beautiful sister… xox,” he posted.

Health officials in Gaza said four aid workers and their Palestinian driver died while delivering supplies that had arrived only hours earlier by ship from Cyprus.

Graphic photos posted on social media by Palestinian photojournalist Mohamed Al Masri showed Frankcom, apparently dead, wearing a World Central Kitchen jacket and with her Australian passport placed on her chest.

The other aid workers were pictured with British and Polish passports while the nationality of the fourth aid worker was not immediately known.

The bodies were photographed at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah.


A spokeswoman for the charity said: “We are aware of reports that members of the World Central Kitchen team have been killed in an IDF attack while working to support our humanitarian food delivery efforts in Gaza.

“This is a tragedy. Humanitarian aid workers and civilians should never be a target, ever.

“We will share more information when we have gathered all the facts.”

A spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces said: “Following the reports regarding the World Central Kitchen personnel in Gaza today, the IDF is conducting a thorough review at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of this tragic incident.

“The IDF makes extensive efforts to enable the safe delivery of humanitarian aid, and has been working closely with WCK in their vital efforts to provide food and humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.”

Andres, a celebrated cookbook author and restaurant owner, said in a social media post: “Today @WCKitchen lost several of our sisters and brothers in an IDF air strike in Gaza.

“I am heartbroken and grieving for their families and friends and our whole WCK family. These are people…angels…I served alongside in Ukraine, Gaza, Turkey, Morocco, Bahamas, and Indonesia.

“They are not faceless…they are not nameless.“

Andres continued: “The Israeli government needs to stop this indiscriminate killing. It needs to stop restricting humanitarian aid, stop killing civilians and aid workers, and stop using food as a weapon. No more innocent lives lost. Peace starts with our shared humanity. It needs to start now.”

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