UK rejects halting arms sales to Israel amid Rafah military operations

UK rejects halting arms sales to Israel amid Rafah military operations
UK rejects halting arms sales to Israel amid Rafah military operations

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - LONDON — The UK government has dismissed calls to halt arms sales to Israel, contrasting the US stance which suggested a pause if Israel continues with a major ground operation in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza housing 1.4 million refugees.

Foreign Secretary David Cameron, speaking to the BBC, opposed Israel's potential invasion of Rafah but argued that stopping arms sales would inadvertently "make Hamas stronger."

He noted that the UK contributes only 1% to Israel's arsenal, suggesting minimal influence over Israeli military decisions.

Cameron highlighted the importance of formulating a comprehensive strategy to protect civilian lives in the face of potential military actions.

He emphasized the UK's unique position compared to the US, focusing on maintaining diplomatic pressure and prioritizing humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The ongoing conflict has led to over 35,000 Palestinian casualties, predominantly women and children, since the Hamas attack on October 7, 2023. Gaza continues to suffer from extensive destruction, displacement, hunger, and disease.

Currently, Israel's operations in Rafah have been limited, including taking control of the Palestinian side of the border crossing, vital for aid delivery into Gaza.

Israel also faces accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice, which in January recognized the plausibility of genocide in Gaza. The court ordered Israel to cease such actions and ensure the provision of humanitarian aid to civilians.

In a related development, South Africa recently urged the International Court of Justice to mandate Israel's withdrawal from Rafah as part of additional emergency measures regarding the conflict. — Agencies


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