ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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Sunak supports pause in Gaza fighting for aid to enter, but not a cease-fire

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Ministers' Questions session in parliament in London, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Ministers' Questions session in parliament in London, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says he supports a pause in fighting to allow aid into Gaza, though he rejects calls for a full ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war.

Sunak says that Israel has the right to respond militarily to Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack as long as it follows international law.

He tells lawmakers in the House of Commons that the United Kingdom is working to get aid into besieged Gaza, including a Royal Air Force plane carrying 21 tons of aid that is flying to Cyprus on Wednesday bound for the region.

He says that British officials and allies at the United Nations had discussed “specific pauses, as distinct from a ceasefire” to allow aid into Gaza and let UK citizens and other foreign nationals leave.

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