Negotiations were reportedly underway on Thursday in a bid to secure the release of three Britons kidnapped in the Gaza Strip a day earlier. Human rights worker Kate Burton was showing her mother and father around the area at Rafah when they were taken at gunpoint by Palestinian activists.
Burton worked at al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, which monitors human rights violations, provides legal aid and seeks to promote democracy and humanitarian issues. She had been in Gaza for two or three months.
The kidnappings came after the Foreign Office in London revised its travel advice at the weekend, saying it was strongly recommended to avoid all travel to the Gaza strip "because of the security situation and continuing threat of kidnap of foreign nationals."