East End activists feared missing after Israel attacks Gaza convoy
FRIENDS of two well-known East End political activists fear the worst after they were caught up in an Israeli attack on an aid convoy. Kevin Ovenden and Noor Chaudhury - both Respect party members - have been missing since the Israelis opened fire
FRIENDS of two well-known East End political activists fear the worst after they were caught up in an Israeli attack on an aid convoy.
Kevin Ovenden and Noor Chaudhury - both Respect party members - have been missing since the Israelis opened fire on a six-boat aid convoy on Sunday, in the Mediterranean Sea.
Just hours before the attack, Mr Ovenden wrote on his blog: "The Israeli media is reporting that Israel will deploy a very large naval force.
"All aboard are prepared. This is a very serious situation and we are calling on everyone involved to play their part in helping ensure the aid reaches Gaza without difficulty."
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Sources say at least nine people were killed during the attack - although other estimates put the death toll as high as 19.
The other protestors - who were taking aid to the Gaza Strip - have been arrested and taken to Israel.
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Mr Ovenden, from Newham, worked in former MP George Galloway's office in Club Row, Bethnal Green.
His colleague, Rob Hoveman, said: "I've worked with Kevin for 25 years. We are all very worried about those who are missing."
Mr Chaudhury, a Tower Hamlets resident and Respect party member is also missing.