David Beckham inadvertently caught in Israel-Gaza conflict after fans believe he sent coded message supporting Israel

DAVID Beckham has been inadvertently drawn into the Israel-Gaza conflict after fans mistakenly believed he was sending a coded message of support for Israel on Instagram.

The football icon, 46, yesterday uploaded a picture taken by his photographer son Brooklyn, 22, showing him wearing a star necklace, which he captioned: "Beautiful morning."

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Some of David's 66.3 million followers wrongly interpreted the post as him taking a side amid the ongoing unrest, as they believed him to be wearing a Star of David, the symbol representing the state of Israel and Jewish identity.

Instagram users flooded the photo's comments section with emojis showing Israeli and Palestinian flags, as well as messages thanking or criticising David for his presumed stance.

However, a source close to the Beckhams has told The Sun that David regularly wears the star necklace and there is no hidden significance behind the image.

They added that the picture was in fact taken a month ago before simmering tensions between Israel and Palestine boiled over.

They stated: "The photo should not be interpreted as David taking any stance in this conflict."

David can be seen wearing the necklace in past images on his Instagram, including a post dedicated to wife Victoria on her 47th birthday on April 17.

According to government figures, 83 people – including 17 children – have died in Gaza, while the death toll in Israel has risen to seven following continued rocket fire and air strikes and civil unrest.

As the conflict entered its fourth day, Israel deployed tanks and troops to the Gaza border ahead of plans to invade the explosive territory, as the government rejected Hamas calls for a ceasefire.

Boris Johnson, 56, has joined international leaders in asking for an "urgent de-escalation" of violence in the Middle East amid fears Israel and the Palestinians are sliding towards all-out war.

US President Joe Biden, 78, said Israel had a "right to defend itself" from Palestinians after 1,600 rockets were fired from Gaza, but was criticised for not taking Israel to task over alleged past human rights wrongdoings.

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