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UK and Commonwealth soldiers to be remembered at Gaza war graves

A Palestinian police man walks between the graves of thousands of allied soldiers who died in the bloody Battle of Gaza Photo: Reuters

Soldiers are to be honoured in an unlikely corner of the Gaza Strip ahead of Remembrance Day this weekend. The Gaza Strip is currently under a self-governing entity claimed by the State of Palestine.

In 1917, more than three thousand British and Commonwealth soldiers died fighting the Ottoman Empire in the area.

The dead of the Great War were joined at the cemetery by 210 Commonwealth soldiers, who fell in the Second World War, and another 30 who died later. There are also 234 graves of non-Commonwealth soldiers.

Their final resting place has been lovingly tended to by local man Ibrahim Jeradeh for the past 45 years. Jeradeh was awarded an MBE for his services to the Commonwealth.

ITV News' Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports: