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The UK’s army will conduct surveillance flights over Gaza to assist find hostages held by Hamas since its October 7 assault on Israel, Britain’s protection ministry confirmed on the weekend.

Hamas fighters seized round 240 Israelis and international hostages, in accordance with Israeli authorities. Round 110 have since been freed, primarily throughout a latest week-long truce.

Israel’s army stated on Friday it had resumed combating within the besieged Palestinian territory, blaming Hamas. The resumption of fight has pissed off hopes for the swift launch of the greater than 130 captives the Israeli military has stated are nonetheless being held in Gaza.

The UK has stated at the very least 12 British nationals have been killed within the October 7 assaults – by which Israeli officers say about 1,200 individuals died, largely civilians – and {that a} additional 5 are nonetheless lacking.

However it has not confirmed what number of are being held by Hamas.

Israel responded to the October 7 assault by vowing to get rid of the militant group and its subsequent relentless air and floor marketing campaign has killed greater than 15,000 individuals, additionally largely civilians, in accordance with the Hamas authorities who run Gaza.

In an announcement, Hamas denounced the deliberate flights and “the participation by the British army within the genocidal warfare in opposition to the Palestinian individuals.”

“We name on Britain to rethink” its determination, it stated.

London didn’t reveal when its army surveillance flights over the territory would begin however harassed they’d be unarmed and centered solely on hostage restoration efforts.

“In help of the continuing hostage rescue exercise, the UK Ministry of Defence will conduct surveillance flights over the Jap Mediterranean, together with working in air area over Israel and Gaza,” it stated in an announcement.

“Surveillance plane can be unarmed, don’t have a fight function, and can be tasked solely to find hostages,” the ministry added.

“Solely data regarding hostage rescue can be handed to the related authorities accountable for hostage rescue.”

UK authorities minister Victoria Atkins instructed the BBC on Sunday that the plane to be utilized have been “unarmed and unmanned drones.”

Alongside the USA, the UK in October deployed varied army property to the jap Mediterranean to discourage “any malign interference within the battle.”

That included maritime patrol and surveillance plane in addition to a Royal Navy activity group shifting to the area, the protection ministry stated on the time.