A UK newspaper has alleged that the families of dead British soldiers had their phones hacked by reporters from the News of the World.
The tabloid is facing public fury over a growing scandal that initially involved the private voicemails of politicians and celebrities.
But over the last week, the phone hacking scandal has reached a new intensity as it was alleged that the relatives of the victims of the July 2005 London bombings also had their phones intercepted.
Some voicemail messages from the phone of missing teenage girl Milly Dowler are reported to have been erased, giving hope to her parents at the time that she was alive. The girl was later found murdered.
And phones belonging to the families of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, who were also kidnapped and murdered, are also thought to have been hacked.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to set up a public inquiry into the scandal.
Opposition MPs are calling for Rebekah Brooks, the News of the World’s former editor and the head of media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s UK operations to resign.