The prime minister has informed Israel “the UK stands with you” as he holds talks in Tel Aviv.
Talking as he arrived on the airport, Rishi Sunak stated: “I am right here to precise my solidarity with the Israeli folks.
“You may have suffered an unspeakable, horrific act of terrorism and I would like you to know that the UK, and I, stand with you.
“I’m wanting ahead to my conferences later at the moment with the prime minister and president. And I very a lot hope that they are going to be productive conferences.”
Mr Sunak met with the Israeli president Isaac Herzog and can later meet with the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The UK chief is on a two-day trip to the region, and can meet with counterparts “from throughout the Center East”, in response to Downing Avenue. International Secretary James Cleverly can also be within the area.
Of their assembly, Mr Herzog and Mr Sunak “pressured the crucial must keep away from additional escalation of violence”
A Downing Avenue spokesperson stated: “The prime minister met Israeli president Isaac Herzog in Israel at the moment.
“He expressed his private condolences for the horrific lack of life in Israel on account of Hamas’ terrorism. He reiterated that the UK stands in solidarity with Israel and firmly believes within the nation’s proper to self-defence in keeping with worldwide legislation.
“The prime minister and President Herzog agreed on the significance of getting pressing humanitarian help to strange Palestinians in Gaza who’re additionally struggling. The prime minister welcomed yesterday’s announcement that Israel wouldn’t cease assist from coming into Gaza. He expressed his honest hope that additional progress might be made on delivering essential meals, water and medication.
“The prime minister conveyed his gratitude to President Herzog for the help Israel has offered to British nationals caught up within the assaults, together with to the households of those that have been taken hostage. The leaders agreed to proceed working tirelessly to safe their launch.
“The prime minister and President Herzog pressured the crucial must keep away from additional escalation of violence within the area. They agreed to proceed working collectively to that finish.”
His go to comes following the explosion at the al Ahli hospital in Gaza Metropolis the place lots of of Palestinians had taken refuge amid an Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip within the wake of Hamas’s deadly surprise attack on 7 October.
Hamas officers claimed the hospital blast killed lots of of individuals and was brought on by an Israeli air strike – however the Israeli army blamed a misfiring rocket from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group and launched imagery and communications intercepts aimed toward supporting their case.
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