A British national who defected to Islamic State and became one of the jihadist organization’s most notorious henchmen traveled to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as part of an aid convoy organized by far-left politician George Galloway, media outlets in the UK reported on Sunday.
Allexanda Kotey, a former west London resident of Greek Cypriot and Ghanaian extraction, is one of four Brits who have been dubbed the moniker “ISIS Beatles.”
The four British nationals traveled to Syria and took part in beheadings and executions of Western prisoners, according to reports.
In 2009, Kotey had traveled with an aid convoy organized by Galloway to Gaza. The initiative, which came to be known as Viva Palestine, delivered humanitarian aid to the Hamas-ruled territory through the Rafah crossing with Egypt.
Kotey was reported to have lived not far from Muhammad Emwazi, the terrorist widely known in Western media as “Jihadi John.”
Earlier this year, a media outlet associated with Islamic State released a eulogy for “Jihadi John,” a member of the group who won global notoriety for his filmed executions of hostages, the monitoring organization SITE reported.
Emwazi, a British citizen of Arab origin, was described in Islamic State’s Dabiq magazine by his nickname as a member of the group of “Abu Muharib al-Muhajir.”
The US military said in November it was “reasonably certain” it had killed him in a drone strike.