British aid worker one of five volunteers killed in Israeli strike, claims Hamas-run office

British aid worker one of five volunteers killed in Israeli strike, claims Hamas-run office
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A BRIT volunteer is among five people killed in an Israeli strike, a Hamas-run office has claimed.

The UK national was said to have been alongside a Palestinian, a Polish and an Australian who died.

AFP

A Brit has been killed in Gaza, it is claimed (stock)[/caption]

The identity of the fifth person is unknown.

SkyNews reports the volunteers were understood to have been employees from the World Central Kitchen.

It’s a charity devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

The Israeli military or the World Central Kitchen are yet to comment on the claims.

It’s understood the strike hit central Gaza today.

It comes just hours after the devastating aftermath of a two-week raid on Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital was revealed for the first time.

Israel Defence troops have today withdrawn from the complex – leaving a trail of rotting corpses and bombed-out buildings behind them.

Israel claimed to have killed around 200 militants and detained hundreds more after the stint of close-quarters fighting.

Unverfied footage on social media showed corpses, some covered in dirty blankets, scattered around the charred remains of the hospital.

It showed ground heavily ploughed up, and numerous buildings outside the facility flattened or burned down.

Samir Basel, 43, speaking to Reuters via a chat app as he toured Al Shifa, said: “I haven’t stopped crying since I arrived here, horrible massacres were committed by the occupation here.”

“The place is destroyed, buildings have been burnt and destroyed. This place needs to be rebuilt – there is no Shifa hospital anymore.”

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It showed heavily ploughed ground and numerous buildings outside the facility had been flattened or burned down.

With access to Gaza’s biggest hospital – previously dubbed “the beating heart” of Hamas – severely restricted, the Israeli and Palestinian version of events differ sharply.

Palestinian officials called the raid on a hospital a war crime, while Israeli officials said special forces units targeted a Hamas stronghold that was deliberately located among vulnerable civilians.

Thousands of Palestinians – 6,200 according to the Israeli military – had been sheltering in the complex, one of few locations in the north of Gaza with some access to electricity and water.

Ismail Al-Thawabta, director of the Hamas-run Gaza media office, said Israeli forces had killed 400 Palestinians in and around the hospital including a woman doctor and her son, also a doctor, and put the facility out of action.

He said: “They bulldozed the courtyards, burying dozens of bodies of martyrs in the rubble, turning the place into a mass graveyard.

“This is a crime against humanity.”


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