Middle East

London investigates reports of Briton killed in Gaza

Palestinians carry bags as they return to check on what is left of their homes and businesses following the Israeli military offensive, close to the Rafah refugee camp, in southern Gaza Strip August 4, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mahmoud Hams)

LONDON: The British government said Monday that it was "urgently" investigating media reports that a British aid worker has been killed in Gaza.

"We are aware of the reports of the death of a British national in Rafah and are urgently looking into them," a spokesman for the Foreign Office said.

Sky News television, citing unidentified sources, said the aid worker was killed Sunday in an Israeli airstrike in the southern city of Rafah, which straddles the border with Egypt.

The news came as Israel observed a temporary unilateral truce in most of the Gaza Strip.

There has been international outrage over an Israeli strike next to a U.N. school in Rafah on Sunday which killed 10 people.





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