International Desk: The Australian government has confirmed the death of a citizen in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong and Clare O’Neil, the minister for Home Affairs, on Wednesday said that the body of Sydney-born 66-year-old Galit Carbone was found meters from her home in the Be’eri kibbutz — approximately 5 km from the Gaza border.
“The Australian government has received confirmation of the tragic death of Galit Carbone,” Wong said in a statement. According to data from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), there are up to 12,000 Australian citizens living in Israel.
Speaking on Seven Network television on Wednesday, O’Neil said that the government was looking into options for rescue flights for Australians who want to leave the area, but that a final decision would be made by Wong and DFAT. Wong wrote on social media on Tuesday night that Australians in Israel should not wait for government-operated repatriation flights.