At least 10 Britons killed in Gaza conflict, says minister
Atkins said the government believed those six Britons were being held hostage
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: People participate in a ‘Bring Them Home’ solidarity rally in Trafalgar Square calling for the release of hostages held in Gaza by Hama on October 22, 2023 in London, England. The Israeli government says 210 hostages were taken by Hamas from communities in southern Israel during the Palestinian militant group’s surprise attack on October 7th. The hostages, which include Israelis as well as foreign nationals, are being held captive in the Gaza Strip. Only two have been released so far. (Photo by Peter Nicholls/Getty Images)
AT LEAST 10 British nationals have been killed in the conflict between Israel and Hamas and a further six remain missing, junior British finance minister Victoria Atkins told Times Radio on Tuesday (24).
In a separate interview, Atkins said the government believed those six Britons were being held hostage.
“They are our absolute priority,” she told Sky News.
The family of Noiya Sharabi, 16, confirmed she had been killed in a kibbutz attack.
Among the dead was Sharabi’s sister Yahel, 13, as well as their mother Lianne. Their father, Eli, is still missing.
A 22-year-old Irish-Israeli woman was killed in the attacks, the Irish government said.
Scores of foreigners were killed, wounded or taken hostage after Hamas attacked Israel on October 7.
The worst attack in Israel’s 75-year history killed more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, inside the country, according to Israeli officials.
Israel has responded with bombardment that has killed over 5,000 people in the Gaza Strip, mostly civilians, according to the Hamas-controlled health ministry in the territory.
According to reports, around 200 foreigners have been confirmed dead by their national authorities, many of them also holding Israeli nationality.
Some 222 people have been confirmed as having been abducted, Israel has said.
Meanwhile, Hamas on Monday (23) said it had freed two Israeli women who were among the more than 200 hostages taken during its rampage in southern Israel.