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Brother of aid worker killed in Gaza criticizes UK for arming Israel

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The brother of a British aid worker killed by an airstrike in Gaza has condemned the sale of arms to Israel.

James Henderson was among seven aid workers who died in the Israeli attack, described by his brother as “unforgivable.”

Rishi Sunak faces mounting pressure following the airstrike, which also claimed the lives of Britons John Chapman and James Kirby, as well as citizens from Australia, Palestine, the US, Canada, and Poland.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister stated that the UK maintains a “very cautious” arms licensing system.

Earlier, 600 legal experts urged the government to cease weapon exports, citing the risk of breaching international law amid concerns of potential genocide in Gaza.

The group of World Central Kitchen aid workers, including John Chapman, James Kirby, and James Henderson, were providing security and safety assistance. The charity stated that their convoy’s movements had been coordinated with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Speaking for the family of former Royal Marine Mr. Henderson, his brother, who chose to remain anonymous, expressed disbelief at the loss of lives on a humanitarian mission.

“Accountability is the only justice I seek,” he remarked. “It’s difficult to fathom that our government might continue selling weapons to Israel, potentially leading to the deaths of our fellow citizens.”

British arms sales to Israel are comparatively lower than those of other countries, but calls to halt exports are adding diplomatic pressure on Israel amid renewed international scrutiny of its actions in Gaza.