James Cleverly, British foreign secretary, says Hamas, the
Palestinian militant group, has given no indication of abiding by calls for a
Cleverly, who spoke over the weekend, expressed concerns
over Israel’s intensified attacks on Gaza.
Earlier on Saturday, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said
infantry and armoured vehicles were being backed by “massive” strikes from the
air and sea, a sign that the forces could be moving closer to an all-out invasion
Israel has also knocked out communications, largely cutting
off the 2.3 million people in besieged Gaza Strip from contact with the world
as part of efforts to wipe out Hamas.
Cleverly said “calls for a ceasefire in the abstract aren’t
going to help the situation”.
“We have consistently sought to bring about pauses to
facilitate the inward passage of humanitarian aid that we are providing and the
release of hostages and the evacuation of British nationals in Gaza, so that
has been our position from the start,” he added.
“Of course we want to see this resolved, we want to see
Israel safe, peaceful and secure.
“But, as yet, I have seen or heard nothing from Hamas that
gives me any confidence that they desire or would abide by calls for a
He said the Palestinian militant group “habitually embed
military capabilities within civilian infrastructure” in a move he said is
“internationally recognised” as “completely inappropriate”.
Cleverly also reiterated the UK’s position that Israel has a
right to defend itself after Hamas’s attack on October 7.
However, he noted that the preservation of civilian lives
remains the priority of his country.
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