The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak does not support a “wholesale ceasefire” as this will “benefit Hamas” on the ground in Gaza.
Sunak’s spokesperson said on Wednesday that the UK will discuss a humanitarian pause in the conflict in Gaza to help the vital aid shipments.
The spokesperson said, “A wholesale ceasefire would only serve to benefit Hamas.
“Humanitarian pauses – which are temporary, which are limited in scope – can be an operational tool, and obviously that is something we could consider, and have been discussing.”
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Following the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres comments that the 7 October attacks “did not happen in a vacuum” has led to an angry diplomatic response.
Guterres told a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York that Palestinians have been “subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation” by Israel.
Guterres said he is concerned “clear violations of international humanitarian law” had been committed by Israel in Gaza which has left more than 6,000 Palestinians dead and many more thousands wounded following Israeli strikes.
The Prime Ministers spokesperson said, “We don’t agree with that characterization that’s been put forward.”
Adding, “We are clear there is and can be no justification for Hamas’ barbaric terrorist attack.”
Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick said the UK does not support Guterres’s comments, he told Sky News, “We don’t believe Israel has broken international law.
“There is a clear right in international law for a nation to defend itself, and that is what Israel is doing.”
Jenrick was asked on ITV’s Good Morning Britain about Guterres’s comments, he said, “No-one, whether deliberately or otherwise, should be implying there is any justification for that.
“In that sense, I think he was wrong. I hope that isn’t what he meant but, if it is, then he should retract that.”