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Friday, 14 February, 2003, 14:50 GMT
British UN worker 'shot in back'
Iain Hook's UN identification card
UN official Iain Hook came from Suffolk
A report into the death of a British worker at a refugee camp says he was shot in the back, it has been reported.

Iain Hook, from Felixstowe, Suffolk, was a senior official for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in Jenin.

The 54-year-old was shot by Israeli troops as he negotiated the rescue of his colleagues inside the West Bank refugee camp on 22 November.

Now Peter Hansen, commissioner general of UNRWA, has revealed that the United Nation's inquiry has been completed.

He said the inquiry has found that Mr Hook was shot in the back from at most 30 yards away, the New York Times has reported.

It also found that contrary to some claims by the Israeli government, no Palestinian militants were in the UN compound at the time of the shooting, Mr Hansen told the newspaper.

A spokesman for the UN said the report has yet to be officially published, but it has been presented to the British Government.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean opened and adjourned the inquest into Mr Hook's death at Ipswich Crown Court in December.

A full inquest will take place at a date yet to be fixed.


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