- Israel has been bombarding Gaza as combat operations resume following the collapse of a truce on Friday. The Israeli military said it struck tunnel shafts, command centers and weapons storage facilities in overnight raids.
- With fighting underway again, the United States is stepping up pressure on Israel to do more to protect civilians. US Vice President Kamala Harris said Saturday that “too many innocent Palestinians have been killed.”
- French President Emmanuel Macron meanwhile called on Israel to better define its goals for the conflict, arguing that the “total destruction” of Hamas would take a decade of fighting.
- Israel has recalled its team of negotiators from Qatar after reaching a “dead end” in talks aimed at securing a fresh pause in fighting with Hamas. Negotiations broke down over the terms for releasing women still held in Gaza, a source told CNN.
- Here’s how to help humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza.
The UK Ministry of Defence will conduct surveillance flights over Gaza to help locate hostages taken by Hamas during its terror attack in southern Israel on October 7.
The UK government said it has been working with other countries “to secure the release of hostages, including British nationals, who have been kidnapped.”
It will conduct surveillance flights over the Eastern Mediterranean, including over Israel and Gaza, as part of the operation. The government did not say when or how many of these flights will take place.
“Surveillance aircraft will be unarmed, do not have a combat role, and will be tasked solely to locate hostages,” the statement said, adding that “only information relating to hostage rescue will be passed to the relevant authorities responsible for hostage rescue.”
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office did not respond to a question on the number of British nationals believed to be held hostage in Gaza.
Earlier this week, the law firm Mishcon de Reya said it was representing three British families whose close family members are being held hostage.
Israel and the US had been flying surveillance drones over Gaza for weeks. The Pentagon said last month it was conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights. On Tuesday, the Pentagon said it had “paused” the flights as part of the temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The truce ended on Friday.