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UK and Israel agreed on urgent humanitarian aid to Gaza

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Israeli President Isaac Herzog agreed on Thursday on the importance of the immediate humanitarian aid delivery to the besieged Gaza Strip.

The assertion came during their meeting in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv, where the British PM arrived “to express solidarity” with Israel following the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

The Prime Minister and the President agreed on the importance of getting urgent humanitarian support to ordinary Palestinians in Gaza who are also suffering.

Sunak thanked Herzog for Israel’s support for British citizens affected by the attacks. The leaders also emphasised the “imperative need” to avoid further escalation of violence in the region.

The visit came against the backdrop of a massive Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip that claimed the lives of many civilians. Enclave residents are facing an acute humanitarian crisis: homes are cut off from electricity while water, food, fuel and medical supplies are dwindling.

Days before the British Prime Minister’s visit, Israel launched an aerial strike on a Gaza Strip hospital, killing at least 471 people.

US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel on Wednesday was considered by some international observers as tacit support for the airstrike. However, he said the fatalities caused him “deep sadness.” He also repeated Israel’s claim that the country had not bombed the hospital.

At least 3,478 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, compared to more than 1,400 in Israel.

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