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Nine Britons Killed In Hamas Attack On Israel With Seven Still Missing

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The number of British people killed as a result of the Hamas attack on Israel has risen to nine, the prime minister’s spokesperson has said.

A further seven remain missing after the incursion from Gaza into Israel on 7 October, the spokesperson added.

Until yesterday, authorities said seven British nationals had been confirmed killed, with nine missing.

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“We can now confirm that at least nine British nationals were tragically killed,” the prime minister’s spokesperson told reporters on Thursday.

“A further seven British nationals are missing, some of whom are feared to be among the dead or kidnapped.”

Among the British nationals killed so far are a teenager, a soldier, people visiting Israel on holiday and a music festival security guard.

In other developments in the Israel-Hamas war:

• Humanitarian aid was readied for the opening of the Rafah crossing from Egypt to Gaza

• The World Health Organisation said five lorries with aid supplies were ‘loaded and ready to go’

• Israel’s defence minister told troops: ‘You will soon see Gaza from inside’

• Air raid sirens sounded on Israel’s border with Lebanon

Yahel Sharabi, 13, and her mother, Lianne, were two of the British nationals killed during Hamas’s attack.

She disappeared from Be’eri kibbutz after it was raided and was confirmed to be dead on 17 October. Lianne was also killed in the attack on the kibbutz.

Yahel’s sister Noiya Sharabi, 16, and their father, Eli Sharabi, were also kidnapped and are still missing.

Image: Clockwise from top left: Jake Marlowe, Yahel Sharabi, Nathanel Young, Danny Darlington, Bernard Cowan, Lianne Sharabi Photographer Danny Darlington, who was originally from the UK but was living in Germany and on a visit to Israel, was also killed on the kibbutz, Nir Oz.

Other British nationals killed include twenty-year-old Nathanel Young, who was serving in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), festival security guard, Jake Marlowe, 26, and Bernard Cowan, who was originally from Glasgow.

Sunak makes visit to Israel

Rishi Sunak made a visit to Israel on Thursday, where he held talks with the country’s prime minister and president.

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‘The UK stands with you’ – Rishi Sunak Speaking as he arrived at the airport, he said: “I’m here to express my solidarity with the Israeli people.

“You have suffered an unspeakable, horrific act of terrorism and I want you to know that the United Kingdom, and I, stand with you.”

Mr Sunak met Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Image: Rishi Sunak meets Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel Pic: No 10 Downing Street After their meeting, Mr Netanyahu thanked Mr Sunak for his support and said he was “proud” to stand with Israel in its “darkest hour”.

He also welcomed the opening of a humanitarian corridor into Gaza.

Gaza under siege

Gaza is under siege and has been bombarded with airstrikes after Hamas militants launched a surprise attack.

Hamas militants captured 199 hostages and brought them back to Gaza as part of the attack. Israel said 1,400 of its citizens were killed in the weekend raid.

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Israeli airstrike hits Gaza mosque The Gaza Health Ministry said 3,785 people have been killed in Gaza since the war began, the majority of them women, children and older adults. Nearly 12,500 others have been injured.

The visits come following the explosion at the al Ahli hospital in Gaza City, where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge following the outbreak of the conflict.

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Hamas officials claimed the hospital blast killed hundreds of people and was caused by an Israeli airstrike – but the Israeli military blamed a misfiring rocket from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) group and released imagery and communications intercepts to support their case.

US President Joe Biden visited the region this week. He also spoke with Mr Netanyahu.

Mr Biden had been set to meet with Palestinian, Jordanian and Egyptian leaders, but the summit was scrapped following the explosion at the hospital.