In response to the unfolding crisis in the Middle East, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to address MPs, marking the first parliamentary session following the party conference season. Sunak will emphasize the UK’s strong condemnation of recent attacks and outline the government’s approach to the escalating situation.
Fears of a humanitarian disaster in Gaza loom large, with the UN warning that hospitals in the territory could run out of fuel soon. Israel is preparing for a ground invasion in northern Gaza to target Hamas, following attacks by Hamas that claimed over 1,300 lives on October 7th.
Seventeen British nationals are missing or confirmed dead, with concerns that up to 10 may be held hostage. Sunak will detail UK assistance to Israel, efforts to support British nationals caught in the violence, and the response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Additionally, Sunak will show support for the Jewish community and take a stance against antisemitic abuse.
Diplomatic efforts are underway globally to prevent further escalation, with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and UK officials engaging regional leaders. Concerns are mounting regarding the situation in Gaza, including dwindling fuel reserves and limited resources. The reopening of the Rafah crossing to aid efforts and allow citizens to leave is being pursued as thousands of lives hang in the balance.