Heartbreak as more than 10 Britons feared dead or missing in Israel

Israelis evacuate areas around Gaza on foot

More than 10 UK citizens are feared to be either dead or missing after Saturday’s Hamas terror attack on Israel which has killed at least 700 people so far.

Among the dead is 20-year-old Nathanel Young, a Briton serving in the Israeli Defence Services who died on the Gaza border on Saturday.

More than 400 people have been killed in Gaza after Israel hit back following Hamas’ unprecedented attack.

It comes as Israel intensified its bombardment of the Gaza Strip after declaring war and vowing to destroy the “military and governing capabilities” of Hamas.

Numerous media outlets are reporting that at least 10 are either dead or missing.

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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned “the appalling act of terror” by Palestinian militants as the Government continued to establish the status of UK citizens.

Two other UK nationals – 26-year-old Jake Marlowe, who went to the same London school as Mr Young, and photographer Dan Darlington – are believed to be missing.

The Government is helping the families of several individuals in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, it is understood.

The Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to the region due to the conflict.

Mr Young, a former pupil at JFS Jewish School in north London, died after a surprise attack by Palestinian militants caught Israel off-guard on a major holiday.

His loved ones said they are “heartbroken”, while the father of Mr Darlington said he believes his son, who was visiting from his home in Berlin, Germany, is missing.

Mr Marlowe was reported missing while providing security at a music festival near Kibbutz Re’im, close to the Gaza border.

It comes as a Government minister warned any potential protesters not to “glorify” the violence of Hamas.

Mr Darlington’s father David said his son, a photographer, lived in Berlin, Germany, and had not been heard from since Saturday morning when his half-sister spoke to him.

Te told the BBC: “The communications network is down and we haven’t spoken to him for 24 hours.”

Communities minister Lee Rowley told Sky News: “You cannot support proscribed organisations like Hamas within the United Kingdom and if that’s the case then I would expect police to take action accordingly.

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“Ultimately, there is a right to protest but there is not a right … to glorify terrorism.”

On Monday, Labour’s shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves also condemned the violence.

She said: “I want to see a Palestinian state existing alongside a safe and secure Israel.

“Terrorism is not the way to get there. I’m appalled by what we’ve seen.”

Ms Reeves told Times Radio: “Israel has been attacked by terrorists. It has every right to defend itself, get its hostages back and protect its citizens.”

The Israeli government declared war on Sunday and, as of Monday, was believed to be fighting Hamas in several locations in southern Israel.

All UK Government buildings were asked to light up in Israeli blue and white on Sunday evening, with the country’s flag projected on to the outside of No 10 in a show of support.

The US government has confirmed nine of its citizens have been killed in Israel.

In a statement, the White House said: “We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and to the families of all those affected, and wish those injured a speedy recovery.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in touch with our Israeli partners, particularly the local authorities.”

Express.co.uk has contacted the FCDO for details about Britons feared dead or missing.

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