British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday urged Israel to safeguard Palestinian civilians as the country’s armed forces undertake their largest offensive in years in the occupied West Bank.
Sunak repeated UK support for Israel’s right to self-defence, and denounced Palestinian “terrorist attacks”, as he was probed by members of parliament on a multitude of concerns.
But he also said: “We would say the protection of civilians must be prioritised in any military operation, and we urge the IDF to demonstrate restraint in its operation and for all parties to avoid further escalation in both the West Bank and Gaza, both now and in the days ahead.”
Sunak said the UK “also called on Israel to adhere to principles of necessity and proportionality when defending their legitimate security interests”.
A vehicle ramming and stabbing incident in Tel Aviv wounded seven people Tuesday before the alleged perpetrator was shot dead, on the second day of Israel’s operation targeting the West Bank’s Jenin camp.
The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas lauded the “heroic” strike in Tel Aviv after Israeli police on Monday killed 10 people in a “counterterrorism” operation, which has prompted others to evacuate.