A BRITISH woman trapped in Gaza claims she was sent a sad face emoji by a Foreign Office official.
Zaynab Wandawi claims she was sent a sad face emoji by the Foreign Office after pleading for help escaping GazaPA
The teacher has been trapped in the war-torn city for over three weeks nowPA
Messages show the brave woman desperately looking for support.
On October 28, the official asked: “Hi Zaynab, how are you doing for food and water?
“Do you have any injuries?”
She replied with: “We don’t have much – we barely eat and drink as there’s nothing left.
“Water is a luxury that we are not privy to.”
She replied saying: “The longer we are here – the higher the chance that we will not make it to the Rafah border.
“I honestly don’t think they know how much our lives are at risk.”
Despite the clear danger Zaynab feels she’s in, the official replied with a sad face, writing: “I really don’t understand why they are taking so long.”
Zaynab spoke to Sky News a few days after the message saying she was in a “very scary and not safe” situation.
She continued: “It made me feel like they don’t even consider me a British national, it made me feel insignificant to be honest.
“I was really angry because each day that we’re still here there’s a higher chance we’ll never get out. It’s very scary, there are a lot of deaths.
“I don’t want to go into a lot of detail over the phone but it’s devastating.
“I’ve never witnessed anything like this in my life, it’s disgusting and not safe.”
The Foreign Office has reassured Brits stuck in Gaza that they’re doing “whatever we can” to help.
They also admitted to Wandawi and others that the British government “don’t have any staff in Gaza who can help practically”.
PM Rishi Sunak said: “We’re very keen to bring them out and bring them home.
“When the moment arises we’ll be ready to take it quickly.
“For that to happen there needs to be a safer environment, which of course necessitates specific pauses.
“Alongside aid, we also want to try and get our British nationals out of Gaza, for the hostages to be released.”
It comes after a UK minister said British citizens trapped in Gaza could be classed a “hostages” as they’re not being allowed to leave.
It’s feared many of the hostages – both Israeli and non-Israeli citizens – are being held in a 311-mile maze of tunnels underground.
Earlier this month, a top Hamas leader hinted they may attempt to use those it abducted as bargaining chips to secure the release of Palestinian prisoners.
Khaled Meshaal, head of Hamas’ diaspora office, said the group “has what it needs” to free 6,000 Palestinians being held in Israeli jails.
The Sun has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.
Wandawi said she had been left feeling ‘insignificant’ by the lack of support she was gettingPA
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