Twelve Brits now believed killed in Hamas attacks with five missing
Twelve Brits are now believed to have been killed in Hamas terror attacks with five more missing – but some of those are feared dead rather than being held hostage
Twelve British nationals are now believed to have been killed in the Hamas terror attacks, it was revealed today.
Another five are still missing – although some of those are feared dead rather than being held hostage.
Downing Street moved to clarify the situation after Treasury minister Victoria Atkins suggested slightly different figures in a round of interviews this morning.
The victims include two teenagers, a soldier and youngsters who were visiting Israel for a holiday or to attend a music festival that turned into a massacre.
Hamas on Monday said it had freed two Israeli women who were among the more than 200 hostages taken during its October 7 rampage in southern Israel.
Among those killed by Hamas is British teenager Noiya Sharabi, 16, her 13-year-old sister Yahel and her mother Lianne. The girls’ father, Eli Sharabi, is still missing and is feared to have been abducted by Hamas gunmen and taken back to Gaza, like their uncle Yossi, 53.
Nathanel Young, 20, who was serving in the Israeli army, was the first Briton to be confirmed dead after Hamas terrorists launched their barbaric attack and killed 1,400 people, mostly civilians.
Among those killed by Hamas is British teenager Noiya Sharabi, 16, (right) her 13-year-old sister Yahel (left) and her mother Lianne (centre)
Corporal Nathanel Young, 20, from London, was a soldier in the 13th Battalion who lived in Tel Aviv and was killed by Hamas
Miryam Shafir, 55, with her son, Dor Shafir, and his fiancée, Savion Hen Kiper (centre, who has been confirmed dead), at a bowling alley
Glasgow man Bernard Cohen (aka Cowan) killed on Saturday in Israel by Hamas
And British-born woman Savion Kiper, 30, was also confirmed dead after the Palestinian terrorist group opened fire on crowds in the Negev desert on Saturday. Her fiancé, Dor Shafir, is still missing.
Among the Britons killed by the terrorists is also Glaswegian Bernard Cowen, 57, who lived in Israel with his wife and two children. He was identified on Sunday by family members as having been ‘murdered in cold blood in his home’ by Hamas terrorists.
Though more than 1,000 Israelis were killed or taken hostage, a variety of foreign nationals were caught up in the savage attacks. Atkins said this morning that six Britons are among those being held hostage.
Many of the missing foreigners were at an electronic music festival in the southern Israeli desert, at which scores of revellers were killed.
Briton Jake Marlowe, 26, was amongst the 260 civilians massacred at the Nova festival. Marlowe, who went to the same London school as Young, left desperate messages to friends while providing security at the festival close to the Gaza border.
His mother told the Jewish News that the last message she got from her son was one saying he loved her.
She said: ‘He was doing security at this rave yesterday and called me at 4.30am to say all these rockets were flying over.
‘Then, at about 5.30am, he texted to say, ”signal very bad, everything OK, will keep you updated I promise you”, and that he loves me.’
Marlowe’s devastated family said they have not heard from him since and later confirmed he had been killed.
The 26-year-old’s parents, Lisa and Michael Marlowe, said at the time: ‘We are heartbroken to have to inform you the crushing news that our son Jake has been confirmed dead in southern Israel.’
Jack Marlowe was last seen attempting to rescue revellers from the killers. His family confirmed he had been killed by the terrorists
Mr Marlowe, who went to the same London school as Mr Young, left desperate messages to friends while providing security at the Supernova music festival
Marlowe, 26, was amongst the 260 civilians massacred at the Nova festival
Marlowe had moved to Israel two years ago and lived in the city Ma’alot, which is in northern Israel.
He is believed to have been working as a security guard at a music festival in Kibbutz Re’im, a suburb in the city of Okafim, about three miles from the Gaza border.
Another British victim, photographer Dan Darlington, is also believed to be dead after a relative of his German girlfriend Carolin Bohl – also missing – received information from a man working in kibbutz that the bodies of the pair had been identified.
The couple were last heard from while hiding out in a bunker in Nir Or, a kibbutz in Southern Israel, according to Carolin Bohl’s brother-in law Sam Pasquesi.
Heartbreaking photographs on Instagram show the couple laughing together shortly before they vanished during the deadly attack on Israel.
Darlington was meant to leave for Tel Aviv the night before the attack ‘but decided to stay one more day to explore the kibbutz with his friend’, his sister Shelley Darlington said.
It was ‘a decision that has irrevocably changed all our lives forever, and one that cost him his life,’ Shelley said.
Photographer Dan Darlington (left) is also believed to be dead by family and friends after the family of his German girlfriend – also missing – received information from a man working in kibbutz that the bodies of the pair had been identified
The first British victim to be identified was 20-year-old Corporal Nathanel Young, of London, who was killed on Saturday while serving in the 13th battalion of the Israeli Defence Forces.
The former pupil at JFS Jewish school in Kenton, north London, had been living in the Bayit Shel Benji lone-soldier house in Raanana, according to the Jewish News.
Mr Young’s family said in a statement that he was ‘full of life and the life of the party’.
They added: ‘He loved his family and friends and was loved by everyone. He loved music and was a talented DJ.
‘Always willing to go to any lengths for his loved ones – an amazing uncle and brother. He was so happy and thriving in Israel. He loved the country.’
Eliot Young, his brother, told Sky News: ‘Nathanel always had strong Jewish pride. From a young age he always wanted to play an important role in defending his country – it’s something he talked about a lot.’
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