Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has condemned the murder of British-Israeli sisters Maia, Rina and their mother, Lucy Dee, in a Palestinian terror attack.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Prime Minister described the attack as “abhorrent” and “appalling” and also sent his “deepest condolences” to Rabbi Leo Dee and his family.
Rina, 15, and Maia, 20, died hours after being shot by the Palestinian terrorist on Friday. Their mother Lucy Dee, 48, died on Monday from injures she sustained.
The PM said,”The killing of British-Israeli citizens Maia, Rina and Lucy Dee is abhorrent.
“The UK condemns this appalling attack on civilians, and I send my deepest condolences to Rabbi Dee and his family.”
Sunak added,”“We continue to urge all sides to de-escalate tensions in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and end the deadly cycle of violence.”
On Monday foreign secretary James Cleverly tweeted,” Tragic news that Leah Dee has also died following the abhorrent attacks in the West Bank.
“There can be no justification for the murder of Leah and her two daughters, Maia and Rina.
“We will continue to work with the Israeli authorities to end this senseless violence.”
David Lammy, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, tweeted on Friday,” I am shocked by reports of the killing of two British sisters in an appalling and cowardly attack in the West Bank. My thoughts are with their family and loved ones.
“More civilian victims of this cycle of violence show the urgent need for diplomatic efforts to de-escalate.”
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