| 10 December 2023, Sunday |

UK PM Sunak set to visit Israel this week – Sky News

Without identifying any sources, Sky News said on Tuesday that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak would be traveling to Israel this week.

A representative for Downing Street declined to confirm the rumor, stating that Sunak’s travel arrangements would be made public in the regular manner.

James Cleverly, the foreign minister, visited Israel this week to express support for the Israeli people in the wake of attacks by the Palestinian militant organization Hamas.

U.S. President Joe Biden will visit Israel on Wednesday.

Israel has vowed to annihilate the Hamas movement that controls Gaza after Hamas gunmen killed 1,300 people, mainly civilians, during a rampage through southern Israeli towns on Oct. 7 – the deadliest single day in Israel’s 75-year history.

On Monday Sunak told parliament that he supported absolutely Israel’s right to defend itself, to go after Hamas, take back hostages and strengthen its long-term security.

“This must be done in line with international humanitarian law, but also recognising that they face a vicious enemy that embeds itself behind civilians,” Sunak said.

“As a friend, we will continue to call on Israel to take every possible precaution to avoid harming civilians.”

The Palestinian death toll from Israel’s bombardment of Gaza climbed to about 3,000 on Tuesday, its health ministry said, and at least six people were killed in an Israeli air strike that hit a school run by the U.N. Palestinian refugee agency.

  • Reuters