The UK will conduct surveillance flights over Israel and Gaza as a part of hostage rescue efforts.
The Ministry of Defence stated the surveillance plane “will likely be unarmed, wouldn’t have a fight function, and will likely be tasked solely to find hostages”.
“Solely data regarding hostage rescue will likely be handed to the related authorities liable for hostage rescue,” the ministry stated in an announcement.
The flights will happen over the japanese Mediterranean, together with working in air house over Israel and Gaza.
The MoD stated the UK authorities had been “working with companions throughout the area to safe the discharge of hostages, together with British nationals, who’ve been kidnapped” for the reason that Hamas assaults on 7 October.
“The protection of British nationals is our utmost precedence,” it stated.
UK army was deployed to the eastern Mediterranean the week after the 7 October assaults, with RAF plane and Royal Navy ships despatched to the area.
The army package deal additionally noticed P8 plane, surveillance belongings, three merlin helicopters and an organization of Royal Marines placed on standby “to ship sensible assist to Israel and companions within the area, and provide deterrence and assurance”.
On Thursday, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps introduced the UK would send one of its most lethal warships to the Gulf to discourage rising threats to delivery from Iran and Iranian-backed teams.
Mr Shapps stated he was beefing-up a long-standing maritime safety operation within the Gulf to cut back the danger of the present disaster between Israel and Tehran-backed Hamas escalating right into a regional battle.