Scot among Britons dead after Hamas attack in Israel

Bernard Cowan was murdered on Saturday after gunmen attacked southern Israel, his family has said.

A Glasgow man is among those who have been killed in Hamas’ attack on Israel, his family have said.

Bernard Cowan was murdered on Saturday after gunmen attacked southern Israel.

Mr Cowan’s brother wrote on social media: “My brother was murdered by the terrorists Hamas, he was the kindest, most generous person you would ever meet, and would go out his way to help others, we are all heartbroken.”

MSP for Eastwood Jackson Carlaw said it was “desperately sad and grim news”.

“The family of Bernard Cowan, of late my Eastwood constituent, have confirmed that he was murdered on Saturday by Hamas.

“Our heartfelt condolences to his family as we respect their privacy in their grief.

“May his memory be a blessing.”

More than ten Britons are feared dead or missing after violence broke out.

Nathanel Young, 20, was serving in the Israeli army when he was killed in the surprise attack by Palestinian militants, which began on Saturday.

The former pupil at JFS Jewish school in Kenton, north London, had been living in the Bayit Shel Benji lone-soldier house in Raanana, according to the Jewish News.

Mr Young’s brother, Eliot Young, said in a statement: “Nathanel was full of life and the life of the party. He loved his family and friends and was loved by everyone.

“He loved music and was a talented DJ, DJing both on base and at Benji’s House, the lone-soldier house where he was living.”

Gaza City was bombarded in retaliation for the Hamas attacks.Getty Images

Jack Marlowe, 26, who went to the same London school as Mr Young, is believed to be missing, while photographer Dan Darlington is feared to be dead.

Mr Darlington and his friend Carolin Bohl were in Kibbutz Nir Oz when it was attacked by Hamas fighters.

Ms Bohl’s sister, Anja Pasquesi, wrote on Instagram: “Today we learned from Carolin’s friend on the ground in Kibbutz Nor Oz in Israel that she and her friend Danny were killed in a terrorist attack yesterday. We are broken and are working to cope with this unimaginable tragedy.”

Ms Bohl’s brother-in-law Sam Pasquesi said on Instagram there has been no “official confirmation” but there has been “reliable information” on the ground.

Mr Marlowe was reported missing while providing security at a music festival near Kibbutz Re’im, close to the Gaza border.

His mother told the Jewish News on Sunday the last message she got from her son was one saying he loved her.

“He was doing security at this rave yesterday and called me at 4.30am to say all these rockets were flying over,” Lisa said.

“Then, at about 5.30am, he texted to say, ‘Signal very bad, everything OK, will keep you updated I promise you’, and that he loves me.”

Humza Yousaf has “unequivocally condemned” Hamas as terrorists while calling for the killing of innocent civilians to stop with some of his family members trapped in Gaza.

Scotland’s First Minister said his parents in-law, who are from Dundee, were visiting relatives when gunmen broke through Israeli barriers, shot civilians and snatched people in towns and at a music festival in the desert.

In retaliation, while Israeli forces battled militants holed up in several locations, the Gaza Strip was bombarded as Israel declared war on Hamas.

On Sunday, strikes flattened much of the town of Beit Hanoun, which Israel said Hamas was using as a staging ground.

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