Rishi Sunak says UK is 'poised' to give Israel military support after Hamas terror attack

The Prime Minister said the UK would help Israel militarily if it asked for assistance


AYLESBURY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 8: Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak records a video message about the situation in Israel at Chequers, the official country residence of the Prime Minister, on October 8, 2023 in Aylesbury, England. Israel has said that more than 100 people have been taken hostage and 600 are dead following Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel from Gaza, which began on October 7th. The prime minister said he had spoken to Benjamin Netanyahu and offered to send “diplomatic or security support” to the region if requested. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak has not ruled out providing military support to Israel after last week’s Hamas terrorist attack.

After chairing an emergency meeting of Cobra on Monday, the prime minister said the UK stood “poised” to help Israel militarily if it asked for assistance.

Downing Street also said the Government was not ruling out evacuating some British citizens from Israel.

The prime ministers official spokesman said: “It’s a fast-moving situation that the Foreign Office are keeping under review.

"We are contacting relevant groups and nationals where required.”

Around 50,000 to 60,000 British nationals are believed to be in either Israel and Gaza, the Government estimates.

Meanwhile, at least 1000 people have reportedly been killed in Israel over the last three days after Hamas terrorists launched an unprecedented attack on the Jewish state.

Speaking to broadcasters during a visit to east Staffordshire, Sunak added: "I know there will be families who are anxious about their loved ones in the region.

"I want to reassure them we're doing everything we can, working very closely with the Israeli authorities to establish what is happening on the ground, provide support to people where it is needed."

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