Prime Minister Rishi Sunak landed in Israel on Thursday, a Reuters witness said. Sunak will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Isaac Herzog before travelling on to other regional capitals.
Mr. Sunak will share his condolences for the loss of life in Israel and Gaza as a result of the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Gaza-based Palestinian Hamas gunmen, his office said, and warn against further escalation of conflict in the region.
‘Every civilian death is a tragedy. And too many lives have been lost following Hamas’ horrific act of terror,’ Mr. Sunak said in a statement ahead of his visit.
President Joe Biden has visited Israel on an urgent mission to keep the Israel-Hamas war from spiraling into a broader regional conflict.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that limited humanitarian aid would be allowed into Gaza from Egypt following a request from Mr. Biden. The President’s visit came after hundreds of people were reported killed in an explosion at a Gaza Strip hospital.
The war that began on October 7 has become the deadliest of five Gaza wars for both sides. The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said that 3,478 Palestinians have been killed and more than 12,000 injured in the past 11 days.
More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, and at least 199 others, including children, were captured by Hamas and taken into Gaza, according to Israeli authorities.
Russia sending 27 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Gaza
Russia on Thursday sent 27 tonnes of humanitarian aid for civilians in the Gaza Strip to be transported from Egypt, Moscow’s Emergency Situations Ministry said.
‘A special plane has taken off from the airport at Ramenskoye near Moscow for El-Arish in Egypt. The Russian humanitarian aid will be handed over to the Egyptian Red Crescent to be sent to the Gaza Strip,’ Deputy Minister Ilya Denisov said in a statement.
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