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Live British aid worker among seven killed in Gaza air strike

A British volunteer is among seven people who have been killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza.

The World Central Kitchen (WCK) workers died on Monday night when their car was struck by a missile in Deir al-Balah, the NGO said.

The workers were Polish, Australian, Palestinian and included a dual US and Canadian citizen.

They were travelling in two armoured cars emblazoned with the WCK logo and another vehicle, the aid organisation said. 

The convoy was hit as it was leaving its Deir al-Balah warehouse, after unloading more than 100 tons of humanitarian food aid brought to Gaza by sea, according to WCK. 

“This is not only an attack against WCK, this is an attack on humanitarian organisations showing up in the most dire of situations where food is being used as a weapon of war,” said Erin Gore, chief executive of World Central Kitchen.

“This is unforgivable.”

The Israeli military said it was doing a thorough review at the highest levels to understand the circumstances of what it called a tragic incident.

A UK Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of reports of the death of a British National in Gaza and are urgently seeking further information.”

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Pupil, 12, arrested after three injured in Finland school shooting

A 12-year-old pupil armed with a gun injured three other children at a school in Finland early on Tuesday, police said.

Local authorities declared the incident over after the shooter was detained.

The victims were taken to hospital, a police spokesman told the Reuters news agency.

All of the victims were 12-years-old.

Officers were called to the shooting at the Viertola school in Vantaa, a suburb on the outskirts of the capital Helsinki, at around 9am local time.

The primary school has about 800 students, from grades one to nine, and 90 staff, Finland’s YLE broadcaster reported.

Nearby the school also holds Swedish language courses, disability teaching and polyclinic classes for middle school-aged students.

“The immediate danger is over,” the school’s principal Sari Laasila told Reuters.

Heavily armed police arrived at the school in several cars, while two ambulances left the scene at around 10am local time, according to witnesses.

As news emerged of the shooting, parents gathered in the vicinity.

Some of the children reportedly sought shelter during the attacks, while others were in contact with their parents via mobile phones and said they saw what had happened.

Witnesses said the shooting happened in a single classroom, Finland’s HS newspaper reported.

Police warned bystanders to steer clear of the area and remain indoors.

People were urged not to answer their doors to strangers while the shooter was still on the loose.

Finnish police said in a statement: “All those involved in the shooting incident are minors. According to the police’s current information, there are three injured.

“Police are at the scene investigating the incident. Bystanders are asked to stay away from the area and indoors. The door should not be opened to strangers.”

The Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat said the suspect was caught in the Helsinki area later on Tuesday.

Petteri Orpo, the Finnish prime minister, called the shooting “deeply shocking”.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, he said: “The shooting scene in Vantaa deeply shocks. My thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and the other students and staff of Viertola school.

“We are following the situation closely and are waiting for the authorities to update [us].”

Finland tightened its gun laws following two deadly school shootings in 2007 and 2008.

But the small country, which has a population of around 5.5 million, has some 430,000 licensed gun owners, mostly for hunting.

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Live Stop plotting to oust Sunak and focus on election, Hague tells Tories

Tory MPs should concentrate on making the next general election “competitive” instead of plotting to replace Rishi Sunak, Lord Hague said.

The former leader of the Conservative Party suggested it was pointless to talk about who could replace Mr Sunak should the Tories lose the election amid renewed leadership speculation.

Lord Hague, an ally of Mr Sunak, told Times Radio: “The next general election hasn’t been held, we don’t know the result and we certainly don’t know who will be in Parliament on the Conservative side so they should all concentrate on making the election a competitive election and then talk about a leadership election if that arises after that, not now.”

A report in The Times today claimed the Popular Conservatism group had launched a plan to install a Liz Truss-style candidate as leader in the event the Tories lose the election and Mr Sunak quits.

Gillian Keegan, the Education Secretary, dismissed the leadership speculation this morning as she insisted the Conservative Party is “one family” and is focused on “just getting on with delivering”.

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