(News21USA) – The number of Britons killed in the Hamas terror attack on Israel has risen to nine, Downing Street has confirmed.
Seven more Britons in Israel remain missing after the attack which killed more than 1,400 people, with some of them feared to be among the dead.
Rishi Sunak, who was in Israel on Thursday to tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he has the right to “go beyond” Hamas, said earlier this week that seven British citizens had been killed and nine were missing.
“We can now confirm that at least nine British citizens have died tragically,” the prime minister’s spokesman said. “Seven other British citizens are missing, some of whom are feared to be among the dead or kidnapped.”
British-Israeli citizen Yonatan Rapoport, known as Yoni, is believed to be one of those killed in the attack on Kibbutz Be’eri on October 7.
He had two children, Yosefi and Aluma, and, as a Manchester United fan, had planned to take his daughter to Old Trafford next month for his first match, the club said.
Some of those missing are feared already dead, while others could be among the hostages returned to the Gaza Strip by Hamas.
On Tuesday, British teenager Yahel Sharabi, 13, was confirmed to be one of those killed during the Hamas attack. He died along with his mother, Lianne, while his older sister, Noiya, 16, and his father, Eli, remain missing.
Also among those known to have died was Nathanel Young, 20, who was serving in the Israeli army when he was killed during the Hamas attack.
Bernard Cowan, who grew up around Glasgow, also died in the attack, his family confirmed. The family said they were mourning “the loss of our son and brother, who were horribly murdered on Saturday during the surprise terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas.”
Jake Marlowe, 26, who went to the same London school as Young, was originally registered as missing, but was later confirmed dead by the Israeli embassy in London.
He was providing security at the Supernova music festival in the desert near Kibbutz Re’im when the area was overrun by Hamas gunmen.
Photographer Dan Darlington is also feared dead. A post by Darlington’s sister, Shelley, on social media said he was “murdered” in Nir Oz, a kibbutz in southern Israel. But his death has not been officially confirmed.
Sunak said Israel has both the “right and the duty” to “go after” Hamas after his arrival in Tel Aviv for a two-day visit to the Middle East. The prime minister called the terrorist group “pure evil” and offered strong support for Israeli military action.
In rhetoric reminiscent of Winston Churchill, the prime minister said he was “proud to be here with you in Israel’s darkest hour as his friend.” And he added: “We will be with you in solidarity… And we also want you to win.”
Despite offering strong backing for military action, Sunak also said the response should be “in line with international law”, as well as pressing Israeli leaders to make “further progress” in allowing humanitarian aid in. to Gaza.
Appearing alongside Netanyahu, Sunak said: “I know they are taking every precaution to avoid harming civilians, in direct contrast to the Hamas terrorists.”