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Two British support staff killed in Israeli airstrike are pictured

  • James Henderson, 33, was driving in a clearly marked support convoy amid the strike
  • He is one in all three British support staff to have been killed by the IDF drone assault 

A British particular forces hero and a former Royal Marine have been among the many three British support staff killed in an Israeli drone assault on a meals support convoy in Gaza.

John Chapman and James Henderson have been travelling in a clearly marked automotive operated by World Central Kitchen (WCK), a charity offering meals to Palestinians within the war-torn enclave, when the convoy was hit with three missiles fired by an IDF drone yesterday.

Henderson, 33, was a former particular forces operator and a member of the Royal Marines for six years. Following his exit from the navy in 2016, he had labored a collection of shut private safety jobs earlier than volunteering to work with WCK.

Chapman, 57, had solely been in Gaza for just a few weeks when he was killed. The ex-Royal Marine and married father-of-two had been working for a similar safety firm as Henderson, The Sun reported.

The third Briton killed within the strike, who has not but been named however is believed to be an Army veteran, additionally reportedly labored for Solace Global, a safety firm primarily based in Poole, Dorset.

The trio are amongst seven individuals killed within the Israeli assault on the convoy because it travelled alongside Al-Rashid street between Deir Al Balah and Khan Younis in central Gaza yesterday. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted his forces carried out the drone strikes and insisted that officers ‘will do every thing for this to not occur once more’.

Hours earlier, his British counterpart Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary David Cameron demanded an instantaneous investigation into the deaths and a ‘full, clear clarification’. 

‘There are questions that have to be answered,’ Sunak instructed reporters as we speak, including he was ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ by the information.

John Chapman (pictured) and James Henderson were travelling in a clearly marked car operated by World Central Kitchen (WCK), a charity providing meals to Palestinians in the war-torn enclave, when the convoy was hit with three missiles fired by an IDF drone

John Chapman (pictured) and James Henderson have been travelling in a clearly marked automotive operated by World Central Kitchen (WCK), a charity offering meals to Palestinians within the war-torn enclave, when the convoy was hit with three missiles fired by an IDF drone

James Henderson, 33, was travelling in a clearly marked car operated by World Central Kitchen, a charity providing meals to Palestinians in the war torn enclave, when the convoy was hit with three missiles fired by an IDF drone

James Henderson, 33, was travelling in a clearly marked automotive operated by World Central Kitchen, a charity offering meals to Palestinians within the warfare torn enclave, when the convoy was hit with three missiles fired by an IDF drone

A Palestinian man rides a bicycle past a damaged vehicle where employees from the World Central Kitchen (WCK), including foreigners, were killed in an Israeli airstrike

A Palestinian man rides a bicycle previous a broken automobile the place workers from the World Central Kitchen (WCK), together with foreigners, have been killed in an Israeli airstrike

Heavily damaged vehicle of the officials working at the US-based international volunteer aid organisation World Central Kitchen (WCK)

Heavily broken automobile of the officers working on the US-based worldwide volunteer support organisation World Central Kitchen (WCK)

Henderson was a member of the Royal Marines for six years, according to his LinkedIn profile

Henderson was a member of the Royal Marines for six years, in line with his LinkedIn profile

Palestinians are standing next to a vehicle in Deir Al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, on April 2, 2024, where employees from the World Central Kitchen (WCK), including foreigners, were killed in an Israeli airstrike

Palestinians are standing subsequent to a automobile in Deir Al-Balah, within the central Gaza Strip, on April 2, 2024, the place workers from the World Central Kitchen (WCK), together with foreigners, have been killed in an Israeli airstrike

A UN worker holds James Henderson's passport at the scene of the strike

A UN employee holds James Henderson’s passport on the scene of the strike

Henderson was among seven people, including two other Brits, who were killed in the Israeli attack on the convoy

Henderson was amongst seven individuals, together with two different Brits, who have been killed within the Israeli assault on the convoy

People inspect the site where World Central Kitchen workers were killed in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, April 2, 2024

People examine the positioning the place World Central Kitchen staff have been killed in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, April 2, 2024

 Henderson’s household have been solely knowledgeable of his loss of life on Tuesday morning, a day after he was killed, neighbours in Falmouth, Cornwall, instructed MailOnline.

An in depth pal stated: ‘Everybody is gutted, he was a beautiful lad. He hadn’t been on the market lengthy, solely a few weeks.’

‘The group he was working for broke the information to the household this morning.’

A pal of Chapman instructed The Sun he was a ‘sensible bloke’ and is urging officers to offer extra help to help staff.

He stated: ‘People attempting to ship support into Gaza are doing the proper factor and so they want help and safety from individuals like John and his colleagues to do their job.’ 

Horrific images confirmed how an enormous gap had been blown within the roof of 1 automotive, with the automobile’s inside torn to shreds by the drive of the blast. 

Another automobile was lacking most of its rear finish after being hit by the Israeli munitions, with charred particles littering the roadside in harrowing photos. 

Bloodstains have been clearly seen spattered throughout the white paint of the help automobiles.

Writing on X, Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron stated: ‘British Nationals are reported to have been killed, we’re urgently working to confirm this data and can present full help to their households.

‘It is crucial that humanitarian staff are protected and capable of perform their work. We have referred to as on Israel to instantly examine and supply a full, clear clarification of what occurred.’

World Central Kitchen (WCK) stated in a press release that seven support staff from the UK, Australia, Poland, twin residents of the US and Canada, and Palestine have been killed whereas travelling in a deconflicted zone.

The staff had simply crossed in from the north after serving to ship support that had arrived hours earlier on a ship from Cyprus, sources have claimed.

Harrowing footage shared on-line appeared to point out the our bodies of the useless at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. Several of them wore protecting gear with the charity’s brand.

In feedback to journalists this morning, Prime Minister Sunak stated: ‘We are asking Israel to analyze what occurred urgently, as a result of clearly there are questions that should be answered.’

Mr Sunak added: ‘My ideas are with their family and friends.

‘They are doing implausible work bringing alleviation to the struggling that many are experiencing in Gaza.

‘They needs to be praised and recommended for what they’re doing.

‘They should be allowed to do this work unhindered and it’s incumbent on Israel to verify they will do this.’

The IDF stated it has launched a probe into the incident on the ‘highest ranges’ and reiterated that it has been ‘working intently’ with the charity, but in addition ‘makes intensive efforts to allow the protected supply of humanitarian support’. 

IDF Spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari later stated in a press release that he had ‘expressed the deepest condolences of the Israel Defence Forces to the households and your complete World Central Kitchen household’.

‘We will probably be opening a probe to look at this severe incident additional.

‘This will assist us scale back the danger of such an occasion from occurring once more.

‘The incident will probably be investigated within the Fact Finding and Assessment Mechanism: an impartial, skilled, and skilled physique.’

The team from the charity and their Palestinian driver were killed in central Gaza's Deir al-Balah when their vehicle (pictured) was struck on Monday, local media reported, after the group helped deliver food and other supplies to the region

The staff from the charity and their Palestinian driver have been killed in central Gaza’s Deir al-Balah when their automobile (pictured) was struck on Monday, native media reported, after the group helped ship meals and different provides to the area

Lalzawmi 'Zomi' Frankcom (pictured), 44, from Melbourne, was killed along with three other international aid workers and a Palestinian driver, in Central Gaza, while working with the World Central Kitchen charity on Monday

Lalzawmi ‘Zomi’ Frankcom (pictured), 44, from Melbourne, was killed together with three different worldwide support staff and a Palestinian driver, in Central Gaza, whereas working with the World Central Kitchen charity on Monday

Polish World Central Kitchen and aid worker Damian Sobol, who was killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

Polish World Central Kitchen and support employee Damian Sobol, who was killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

Heavily damaged vehicle of the officials working at the US-based international volunteer aid organisation World Central Kitchen

Heavily broken automobile of the officers working on the US-based worldwide volunteer support organisation World Central Kitchen

People inspect the site where World Central Kitchen workers were killed in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, April 2, 2024

People examine the positioning the place World Central Kitchen staff have been killed in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, April 2, 2024

'British Nationals are reported to have been killed, we are urgently working to verify this information and will provide full support to their families,' Cameron said on X

‘British Nationals are reported to have been killed, we’re urgently working to confirm this data and can present full help to their households,’ Cameron stated on X

WCK CEO Erin Gore stated this morning: ‘This will not be solely an assault in opposition to WCK, that is an assault on humanitarian organisations displaying up in probably the most dire of conditions the place meals is getting used as a weapon of warfare. This is unforgivable.

What is World Central Kitchen? 

Founded in 2010, World Central Kitchen delivers freshly ready meals to individuals in want following pure disasters, like hurricanes or earthquakes, or to these enduring battle. The group has additionally offered meals to migrants arriving on the southern U.S. border, in addition to to hospital workers who labored relentlessly through the coronavirus pandemic.

The support group sends in groups who can prepare dinner meals that attraction to the native palate on a big scale and quick.

‘When you discuss meals and water, individuals do not need a answer one week from now, one month from now. The answer needs to be now,’ Andrés is quoted as saying on the group’s web site.

World Central Kitchen has labored in dozens of affected areas and presently has groups in Haiti, addressing the wants of Ukrainians displaced by Russia’s invasion, in addition to offering meals to individuals affected by the warfare in Gaza.

In Gaza, the group says it has offered greater than 43 million meals to Palestinians.

The group has arrange two foremost kitchens within the southern metropolis of Rafah and the central city of Deir al-Balah. It lends help to 68 neighborhood kitchens all through the territory, serving greater than 170,000 scorching meals a day.

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‘I’m heartbroken and appalled that we—World Central Kitchen and the world—misplaced stunning lives as we speak due to a focused assault by the IDF. 

‘The love that they had for feeding individuals, the dedication they embodied to point out that humanity rises above all, and the affect they made in numerous lives will perpetually be remembered and cherished.’

The Australian sufferer was named this morning as Lalzawmi ‘Zomi’ Frankcom, 44, from Melbourne, whereas the Polish sufferer was named as Damian Sobol.

Since the October begin of the warfare, World Central Kitchen has been concerned in reduction efforts, together with supplying meals to hunger-stricken Gaza.

It is one in all two NGOs spearheading efforts to ship support to Gaza by boat from Cyprus and was additionally concerned within the development of a short lived jetty.

The group has arrange two foremost kitchens within the southern metropolis of Rafah and the central city of Deir al-Balah. It lends help to 68 neighborhood kitchens all through the territory, serving greater than 170,000 scorching meals a day. 

WCK has described the lack of life as a ‘tragedy’ and, in a press release posted on-line, stated ‘humanitarian support staff and civilians ought to NEVER be a goal. EVER’.

Its assertion stated the staff was travelling in two armoured vehicles ‘branded with the WCK brand and a smooth pores and skin automobile.’

It added: ‘Despite coordinating actions with the IDF, the convoy was hit because it was leaving the Deir al-Balah warehouse, the place the staff had unloaded greater than 100 tons of humanitarian meals support dropped at Gaza on the maritime route.’

Gaza medical officers stated earlier an obvious Israeli airstrike killed 4 worldwide support staff with the US-based worldwide support charity and their Palestinian driver.

The automotive was hit by an Israeli strike simply after crossing from northern Gaza, Mahmoud Thabet, a paramedic from the Palestinian Red Crescent who was on the staff that introduced the our bodies to the hospital, has claimed.

Video posted to social media additionally reveals workers displaying the passports of three of the useless – British, Australian and Polish.

Their our bodies may very well be seen within the background wrapped in physique luggage and sporting armour marked with the World Central Kitchen brand.

The supply of strike couldn’t be independently confirmed, however IDF will probably be ‘conducting a radical evaluate’ of the strike, Israel National News reported.

People stand near a destroyed car of the NGO World Central Kitchen (WCK) along Al Rashid road, between Deir Al Balah and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 2

People stand close to a destroyed automotive of the NGO World Central Kitchen (WCK) alongside Al Rashid street, between Deir Al Balah and Khan Younis within the southern Gaza Strip, on April 2

A view inside a destroyed vehicle from the World Central Kitchen in Gaza on April 2

A view inside a destroyed automobile from the World Central Kitchen in Gaza on April 2

Palestinians are seen gathering around the burned and destroyed Al-Shifa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on April 1, 2024. Many buildings including the hospital have been heavily damaged under airstrikes

Palestinians are seen gathering across the burned and destroyed Al-Shifa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on April 1, 2024. Many buildings together with the hospital have been closely broken underneath airstrikes

Palestinians gather around the burned and destroyed Al-Shifa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on April 1, 2024

Palestinians collect across the burned and destroyed Al-Shifa Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on April 1, 2024

Palestinians gather around the burned and destroyed Al-Shifa Hospital after as Israeli forces withdrew from Al-Shifa hospital in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on April 1, 2024

Palestinians collect across the burned and destroyed Al-Shifa Hospital after as Israeli forces withdrew from Al-Shifa hospital in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on April 1, 2024

The Israeli military, in a press release, stated: ‘Following the experiences relating to the World Central Kitchen personnel in Gaza as we speak, the IDF is conducting a radical evaluate on the highest ranges to know the circumstances of this tragic incident.

‘The IDF makes intensive efforts to allow the protected supply of humanitarian support, and has been working intently with WCK of their very important efforts to offer meals and humanitarian support to the individuals of Gaza.’

In Britain, a Cabinet minister stated the Government is ‘very, very involved’ by experiences {that a} British support employee has been killed in Gaza.

Gillian Keegan, the Education Secretary, instructed the BBC: ‘We have not had it confirmed but, however we’re very, very involved by the scenario.

‘We do know that we have urged Israel to do extra to guard civilians, but in addition to permit support to get into Gaza.

‘But we have not but had this confirmed and I believe the IDF are reviewing this, most likely as we communicate.’

She added it was ‘worrying’ that the charity World Central Kitchen had suspended its work in Gaza.

She stated: ‘One of the important thing issues is attempting to make sure we get extra support into Gaza, so if one of many charities engaged on the bottom has suspended, then that is clearly deeply regarding.’

Ms Keegan added: ‘Our ideas would go to all people affected.’

James Elder, spokesman for the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (Unicef), stated the help employee deaths underlined how harmful the scenario in Gaza has develop into.

He instructed the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: ‘It is totally horrifying. These individuals had been unloading one thing like 100 tonnes of humanitarian meals support at this most important junction after they have been saving lives day in, time out.

Describing it as an ‘immense tragedy’, Mr Elder stated the incident ‘underscores the horrendous situations everybody continues to endure in Gaza, however it’s simply such a mindless lack of life’.

He added: ‘This has been probably the most harmful locations in residing reminiscence to function, Gaza is breaking too many bleak information – numbers of kids killed, variety of individuals dealing with catastrophic starvation, document displacement, worst devastation to houses in residing reminiscence and largest variety of United Nations colleagues killed because it was created.’

Passports of the officials working at the US-based international volunteer aid organization World Central Kitchen who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on April 1, 2024 are seen after the attack

Passports of the officers working on the US-based worldwide volunteer support group World Central Kitchen who have been killed in an Israeli airstrike on April 1, 2024 are seen after the assault

Ms Frankcom (pictured) had been working for the World Central Kitchen charity

Ms Frankcom (pictured) had been working for the World Central Kitchen charity 

Israeli troops, in a photo released by the Israeli army on April 1, 2024, are seen operating in the Gaza Strip amid the continuing battle with Hamas

Israeli troops, in a photograph launched by the Israeli military on April 1, 2024, are seen working within the Gaza Strip amid the persevering with battle with Hamas

An Israeli soldier, in a photo released by Israel's army on April 1, 2024, holds his gun as he and his troops operate in the Gaza Strip

An Israeli soldier, in a photograph launched by Israel’s military on April 1, 2024, holds his gun as he and his troops function within the Gaza Strip

The support ships that arrived Monday carried some 400 tons of meals and provides in a cargo organized by the United Arab Emirates and the World Central Kitchen, the charity based by superstar chef José Andrés.

Last month a ship delivered 200 tons of support in a pilot run. The Israeli navy was concerned in coordinating each deliveries.

The US has touted the ocean route as a brand new technique to ship desperately wanted support to northern Gaza, the place a number of hundred Palestinians face imminent famine, largely reduce off from the remainder of the territory by Israeli forces .

Israel has barred UNRWA, the principle UN company in Gaza, from making deliveries to the north , and different support teams say sending truck convoys north has been too harmful due to the navy’s failure to make sure protected passage.

The airstrike comes after the Israeli navy withdrew from Gaza’s largest hospital early Monday after a two-week raid that engulfed the ability and surrounding districts in preventing. 

Footage confirmed widespread devastation, with the ability’s foremost buildings decreased to burned-out husks.

The navy has described the raid on Shifa Hospital as a significant battlefield victory within the practically six-month warfare, and officers stated Israeli troops killed 200 militants within the operation, although the declare that they have been all militants couldn’t be confirmed.

The raid got here at a time of mounting frustration in Israel, with tens of 1000’s protesting Sunday in opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and demanding that he do extra to deliver dwelling dozens of hostages held in Gaza. It was the biggest anti-government demonstration because the begin of the warfare.

Elsewhere, Syrian officers and state media stated an Israeli airstrike destroyed the Iran’s consulate in Syria, killing two Iranian generals and 5 officers.

The strike seems to suggest an escalation of Israel’s focusing on of Iranian navy officers and their allies in Syria. The focusing on has intensified since Hamas militants – who’re supported by Iran – attacked Israel on October 7.

While Iran’s consular constructing was levelled within the assault, in line with Syria’s SANA state information company, its foremost embassy constructing remained intact.

Israel, which not often acknowledges such strikes, stated it had no remark. Iran’s ambassador, Hossein Akbari, vowed revenge for the assault ‘on the identical magnitude and harshness.’

A ship loaded with humanitarian aid departing from the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus is seen off the coast of Gaza city on April 1, 2024

A ship loaded with humanitarian support departing from the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus is seen off the coast of Gaza metropolis on April 1, 2024

Humanitarian aid is pictured being air dropped over Gaza from an RAF A400M Atlas aircraft in a photo issued by Britain's Ministry of Defence on April 1, 2024

Humanitarian support is pictured being air dropped over Gaza from an RAF A400M Atlas plane in a photograph issued by Britain’s Ministry of Defence on April 1, 2024

UK Forces airdrop more food supplies to civilians in Gaza on April 1, 2024 as part of the action to address the plight of the Palestinian people

UK Forces airdrop extra meals provides to civilians in Gaza on April 1, 2024 as a part of the motion to deal with the plight of the Palestinian individuals

The warfare started on October 7 when Hamas-led militants stormed into southern Israel, killing some 1,200 individuals, largely civilians, and taking round 250 individuals hostage.

Israel responded with an air, land and sea offensive that has killed no less than 32,845 Palestinians, round two-thirds of them ladies and kids, in line with Gaza’s Health Ministry. 

The ministry doesn’t distinguish between civilians and combatants in its depend. 

The Israeli navy blames the civilian toll on Palestinian militants as a result of they combat in dense residential areas.

The warfare has displaced a lot of the territory’s inhabitants and pushed a 3rd of its residents to the brink of famine. 

Northern Gaza, the place Shifa is positioned, has suffered huge destruction and has been largely remoted since October, resulting in widespread starvation.

Netanyahu has vowed to maintain up the offensive till Hamas is destroyed and all hostages are freed

He says Israel will quickly broaden floor operations to the southern metropolis of Rafah, the place some 1.4 million individuals – greater than half of Gaza’s inhabitants – have sought refuge.

But he faces mounting strain from Israelis who blame him for the safety failures of October 7 and from some households of the hostages who blame him for the failure to succeed in a deal regardless of a number of weeks of talks mediated by the United States, Qatar and Egypt. 

Allied nations, together with foremost backer the United States, have warned him in opposition to an invasion of Rafah.

Hamas and different militants are nonetheless believed to be holding some 100 hostages and the stays of 30 others, after releasing a lot of the relaxation throughout a cease-fire final November in alternate for the discharge of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.